My last bottle, and possibly my best of this. After a series of awkward stinkers, this is back to its tarry, old Nebbiolo-inflected self. Fudgy, tart cranberry sauce, rustic, powerful, and textured like a much older (and more expensive) wine. Great match with meatballs on a cold night.
Liqueur-esque notes of dusty soil, bittersweet chocolate, cherry cordial, anise, old wood, enchanting tar and roses. Sweet bouquet yet a dry and light palate with loads of intensity from acids and drying wood tannins. Grows deeper lower into the bottle, with some nice fleshiness. This is a really good bottle, very yummy. Woody finish probably too rustic for some, but I'm on board. 91-92 pts.
Popped and poured, this took 45-60 minutes to open up so it should be aerated/decanted about that far ahead of time. Consumed over 3.5 hours. Clear ruby color. First aromas were of fresh red meat and minerals, then red fruits, cherry, cranberry; after two hours lovely herbal hints (oregano, tarragon ?), smoke, spice. Full and lingering flavors of cherry gave way to dried red fruits and a lovely dusty, rustic, earthy flavor. Sustained mineral flavors, acidity and soft, dusty tannins. Subtle residual sweetness, excellent length.
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