Much better than the last bottle that I had about 6 months ago. Not decanting this one probably helped, as the last one tasted tired and past its prime. This one, while probably past its prime also, had nice fresh fruit, some oak, and a smooth finesse to it. Still not worth the price that I paid, but I sort of knew that when I bought them via on-line auction 8 months ago.
Decanted for a few hours on Day 1. Lots of oak initially, but that blew off over time. Still, not much fruit present, but silky smooth tannins and some acidity made this enjoyable. It improved with air time (gaining some fruit), so I put it back into the bottle and left it sit open on the counter overnight.
Day 2, after sitting open overnight. Some black cherry and vanilla flavors now. Still not terribly expressive. One more day??
Decanted for 2h. Brownish red. Closed nose with alcohol and strawberries. Over the hill and oxidized. Tannins are gone, fruit has faded, and the acid finish is unpleasant. Maybe it improve overnight. Pumped out the air and placed it in the wine fridge.
Actually waited 2 nights and what a difference! This is a smooth fruity wine with some wood (oak) nuances. No tannins and the rough acid bite is completely gone. Very pleasant now, not what I was expecting at all after the first day. I guess there is some life in this yet if you are willing to wait for a long decanting period.
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