Excellent bottle. Deep, rich flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Good weight / Med bodied. Nicely balanced. very very smooth. A pleasure to drink from start to finish. Needs an hour of air to get going. But was very good upon opening. This bottle has been stored properly also.
Harsh, bitter on opening. Much better after an hour of decanting. Brown edges. Well integrated, and great nose for a 15 year old wine. However, may be getting past its peak, and would recommend finishing remaining bottles soon.
Unlike previous reviewers, this bottle is not faded at all and is around its peak. Dark purple still with no browning at the edges, the nose sings with intense plum and cassis fruit and fresh citrus blossom, not aged leather or something that would be more expected from a 15 year old wine. This bottle still tastes fresh, with bright cherry, raspberry fruit and cassis and wild berry ascents, the mid-pallete then takes the fruit to a higher level as the finish glides to a silky texture and lingers for almost a minute when oak spicy notes emerge along with some mineral/crushed rocks. The tannins are so well integrated that the creamy feel in the mouth is a total pleasure, one of the best reserves in a while. Drink now or over the next 5-10 years. This wine was purchased from the winery in 2004, stored under temp controlled environment since 2011, basements before that; tasting note taken after about 4 hours of air in decanter.
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