Tasted double blind. Burnt orange colored. Odd nose of tangerine rind, iron, and hot car leather. Light bodied, tangerine notes, very strong iron palate. Tastes like the old iron weights you might see in an old garage-gym. This is clearly old, but distinctly not dead. I would say if this is in anyone's cellar, definitely open it up right now. Not anything great, but certainly more interesting than a predictable and boring young Kool-Aid bomb.
Out of a pretty formidable line up, this was the wine of the night. It sang. Red fruit notes bright and lively, with layers and layers of spice, earth and oak. A new discovery with every sip. A really enjoyable wine. Heard a lot of chat about Tondonia being very tight, didn't find that to be the case here. Decanted before serving. Its youthfulness and vigour was brilliant, and I enjoyed this wine immensely. Don't have another, and would probably be drinking it right now if I did.
Straight out of the bottle on opening this was very good with fine acidity and lots of red fruit and mocha complexity. After a couple of hours in the decanter, however, it had faded into an over-mature reducurranty old wine - still pleasant but a bit of a ghost of what it was. Lesson: pop and pour with this one - it doesn't need air. Drink up.
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