I did not think this anything wrong with the bottle I drank, but it it was a style that appreciated. There was some fruit in there, but i was masked by some strong tannin-like flavors -- did not seem to be tannins per se. I tried it with food and without, decanted and fresh out of the bottle. Did not do much for me.
Has developed a unique flavor profile past couple of years of dark fruits with lots of licorice and anise with a somewhat long vegetal finish. Tannins has smoothed out since last bottle in 2012. Full body but on the lighter side. Not bad with food but you need to like the flavor profile.
Thought bottle was corked after 10 minutes in the glass, but with food, it showed properly and an hour in, all was good in the world. Definitely a vintage Napa cab and starting to come apart a little at the seams. Drink up if you have it.
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