Deep red colour, still, with only a trace of brown at rim. It opened and developed over 2+ hours. Excellent nose with good fruit, some spice and chocolate. Sweet dark fruit - cherries, mulberry fruit with chocolate. Soft integrated vanillic, leathery middle. Very long and smooth. This was the last bottle from a case of 6 and, sadly, there was a very slight touch of TCA. Earlier bottles were rated at 93-95 - why did this affect the last bottle? - Murphy's law, I suppose.... Still a very good match with beef.
Dark ruby red in colour. Black currants, black fruit, baking spice and black pepper on the nose. Stewed blackberries, black pepper and alcohol on the palate. Will definitely hold up for at least another 2-3 years if not longer.
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