Delightful nose, with lots of sweet fruit (blackcurrant jam, a hint of strawberry, even a hint of apricot) balanced by notes of graphite and star anise. A few hours after opening, with sweet fruit has been joined by a lovely vanilla oak note. The palate is packed with sweet, jammy fruit (blackcurrant, plum), plus vanilla and dark rum, with some measure of balance provided by a dark, bitter, salty note of liquorice. It's dangerously drinkable, with pillow-soft tannins and a thin core of acidity that keeps the sweetness from getting too cloying. Sweet fruit, mild tannin, and tingly acidity persist for minutes on the finish. This is drinking well now, as it has the soft tannin of an aged Cabernet, but still shows outrageously strong primary fruit. (I would have guessed Shiraz if tasting blind, due to the soft tannin and lack of herbaceousness.)
What a beautiful nose. On opening wafts of dark berries emerge from the bottle. In the glass they continue to explode. Blueberries and cassis. Taste brings forward mildly dusty tannins intermixed with a touch of tartness, which recedes over time in the glass. Drinking perfectly now. Can't see how it will improve.
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