ripe voluptuous nose of cassis and mint, on the mouth instead very tannic with drying finish (wood?), and cherries in alcohol. wait fr the tannins or too late for the fruit? but drank half a bottle so it cannot have been that bad :-)
Medium-dark smoky red color with limited transparency. Aromas of sweet earth, red berries, currants, and vanilla. Palate shows sweet red fruit, plum, currant, blackberry, and a hint of vanilla that carries into a medium finish. This is well integrated and shows the value of cellaring wine. Great showing, but not profound. Drink at leisure.
Excellent "baby Monte Bello". Dark purple to the rim, heady aromas of spicy cedar and dark fruits, strikingly young. Tannins well integrated, really showing well. This has the structure to keep for many more years, very drinkable now.
Dark smoky red color; fully opaque. Aromas of black olive, coffee, currants, cedar, and spice notes. Palate is on the rustic side with olive, cedar, and tannic currant elements that carry into a coffee and vanilla-infused finish. The finish is medium-long. With time in the bottle, this expands and some of the tannins integrate with more red fruit coming to the fore. This needs more time to unwind in the bottle for my tastes, but it is certainly drinkable now. Drink or hold.
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