Nicely balanced wine, leather and pencil lead early, then nice fruit on the mid palate, (can't remember the fruit since I drank it several days ago) and a very smooth finish. Sorry for the brief description, but I was just drinking it late at night over two days, not in a super analyzing mood, but I just remember that it was smoothhhhhh!!!!
Perfect with monster charcoal-grilled rib steaks, on the Fourth of July, camping. I've said this wine will be just fine for some years to come, and I believe it will, but I'm zooming through my stash because it's drinking damn well and because I have few other bottles so well-aged.
Yeah, like my earlier note, this showed very nicely again, considerably fresher than any of my bottles of the 1997 did. Robust acidity, 13% alcohol per the label: this is very nicely balanced for the table (and enjoyable on its own), emphatically not evocative of fruit syrup+vodka.
Initially very fruity which blew off after an hour. After that a lot of leather and cassis. Went well with with dinner but was opened to early and I didn't get to enjoy the full range of flavors as it opened up quickly. Would buy again. But not hold on too long as it is primed.
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