Probably the most I've enjoyed this wine since just after release, I think this might just now be entering its peak drinking window. Lots of black cherry and berry on both nose and palate with some background Asian five spice notes and subtle earthy hints. Very good energy makes this comes across as lively and fresh throughout.
First night notes. Cork had obvious signs of seepage. Deep maroon with faint bricking on rim. Slow thick legs. Initial nose is very potent/pungent, viney, faintly medicinal, a little berry fruit, some oak in the background. Initial palate is fleshy and boozy, and most of the action is right down the middle (no high notes or low notes, which is to say there's not much in the intial attack, nor is there much on the back palate or along the edges), one-dimensional. Fruit seems more ripe rather than concentrated. Tastes like sesame seeds and soy sauce. Not much complexity. The finish is short. Second night notes. Everything has opened up significantly. There's still some alchoholic heat on the initial palate, but the mid palate has broadened noticeably showing more acidity and tannins. Still one-dimensional, but there's more interest than earlier. First night was a pass, second night was slurpable.
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