Mature black fruit aromas with charming sweet baking spice. Same fruit flavors, just slightly more mature than should be expected at this age for a wine of this quality. Still somewhat firmly structured.
13.5%a.b.v. Drank over two nights, with and without food. This bottle made three distinct transitions: initially it was dominated by fresh strawberries and raspberries - lots of big lush fruit, not much structure. After a few hours of air it turned into a boozy, sloppy, flabby mess. I vacu-vin'ed it and came back the next night to a third transformation: balance, structure and a nice backpalate of minerality and secondary notes. First night it was a great stand-alone bottle (at first, before it went bonkers), the second night it was a great food wine. Either way, it seems like it's ready to go.
Popped and poured. Started with lots of baking spice aromas and ripe red cherry with a Vosne-like feel. Similar red and black cherry on palate, more modest spice. Good acidity plus some sneaky tannins provide firming structure. Fruit started showing more maturity with earthiness emerging after 45 minutes in glass, which was slightly less interesting. Even less interesting another hour later as the structure became dominant.
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