1 hr decant. Red purple. Olives and black cherry nose. Black cherry, lead pencil, cigar box, and a bit of bell pepper. Medium finish. There is considerable bottle variability from the other bottles I've drunk.
Dried cherries and nice cedar notes on the nose. Cherries, earth, and vegetal notes on the palate. The tannins are still quite firm, even with 2+ hours in the decanter. This seems like it's waking up from a dumb phase. The nose is much nicer than the palate. I will wait four or five years before opening another bottle in hopes the palate comes together more.
Not as much depth and seemingly much more closed than my last bottle 3yrs ago. Black fruits, with smoke, with a plush feel. But strong coarse tannins in the background that are drying on the finish. Missing the nuance of the past bottles. Maybe bottle variation or in a funny place.
a lovely line and graceful, between cherry / blackberry and metal tones, very fine tannins that now have almost fully resolved. Can't help being swayed published reviews saying this was an over-extracted vintage, there is a hint of turn and fruity sourness towards the end that took the best part of an afternoon to fade into the background. Probably best with meats and cheeses so mask this small glint in an otherwise well-storied line of wines.
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