Essentially ready to drink - needs about 15-30 minutes of air. Unexpected bricking for a wine this age. Smooth, well integrated. More classically styled and restrained. Fruit is forward without being overly jammy fruit bomb. Slightest hint of stem and green bell pepper without detracting from overall palate.
2 hour decant, consumed over 5 hours. my wife had two observations that were pretty spot on: 1) the wine has a very interesting color. it's not bricking, but its color belies its age. it's more the color of a light- to medium-bodied pinot. 2) the wine really brought out the pepper flavors in our cast-iron cooked NY strips. i wouldn't say there's a strong green pepper aroma or flavor, but i agreed that something about the wine amplified the pepper on the steak. my main comment was that the wine smelled and drank like a 15yo wine, not like a 4yo wine. that's not a bad thing, but it was interesting. everything about the wine leaned toward elegance with a dash of austerity, though nothing was green or underripe or boring about it. i enjoyed it as a departure from my typical penchant for extracted and jammy napa cabs. if scoring, 87-89.
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