Opened, poured into the decanter, swirled, and poured back into the bottle. Let it sit for three hours before serving. Dark color. Good nose, showing some black fruit and a hint of charred wood. Dark and rich wine, showing some cocoa notes and a bit of licorice root. Recorked and tasted the following day. Was a bit oxidized but showing dark fruits, some plum notes and dried cherries.
Wonderful nose of chocolates, spice, herbs, dust and old wood. On the palate, more chocolate laying low under strong pepper, explosive tart fruit, tannin and aged meat hues. Full in the mouth. Thick finish balanced by strong acidic echoing. A lot going on here, just shy of elegant. Sturdy wine that could stand up to most anything. PJG 89/90
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