We had this with pizza, and didn't have a lot of time to decant. I did double decant through a vinturi, and it opened up nicely. It could use more time, but it was fine for casual pizza with the family.
PnVnD let air for 1hr. Dark crimson purple almost saturated with scarlet to clear youthful rim. Plum cassis tobacco violets and cola on the nose. Medium weight with nicely ripe yet present tannins. Cassis black raspberry rosemary and cola on the plate. Lingering red fruit and herbal finish. Elegant and well integrated and still young.
This bottle was much more cabernet-dominant than the prior bottle (Feb 2014). Much more blackfruit based with black cherry, plum and cigarbox notes. Sangiovese notes comes in the background and add brightness and redfruit notes. Still has good length, but more structured than the last bottle. Not sure if this was evolution, bottle variation or the fact that it was served at a cooler temperature (or a combination of the three). I'll be very interested to see how the next bottle shows.
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