Popped and poured. Reddish brown In color. Weak nose. Very mellow and musky, and a bit watery. No tannins and a bit flat. Low alcohol and no fruit flavors. Long, smooth finish, but not strong by any means. Elegant without being overly impressive. Past it's prime, so drink now!
Dark red-purple (an astounding) color. Haunting, immediate nose and bordering on port-y: grape jam, spiced cherry pie, licorice, allspice, beef demi-glace, pine, dried prune. On entry, a dense texture of firm, medium tannin and low acidity; barely dry. Huge impact and spectrum of of flavors, including mints, pine tar (for you baseball fans who know it), molasses, grape must, dried cherry, leather, celeriac. I usually reel from the lack of drink ability with wines of this large scale, but in this case, the style somehow draws me in for more. A beautiful monster ? Yes, and labeled Grange Hermitage.
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