Drank 2 bottles on two different occasions that showed a very advanced wine. Despite pristine corks, one bottle tasted tired and raisiny, with almost cloudy, brownish wine; the second bottle showed dominant balsamic and woody aromatics, lacking in finesse and minerality. Acquired both bottles from the same distributor -- a substandard storage issue, perhaps?
This wine came into its beauty after an hour of decanting. The fruit was shy and needed to be coerced but once it did it was a show stopper. Notes of red fruit and eloquently balance with acidity. Med to long finish. Made a perfect match with easter lamb
Decanted about 1h and was immediately struck by the strong fruit bouquet. Served around 18 C. I have been drinking this wine since 2006, this was bottle #9 and the first time the fruit was so strong. For the previous bottle, a year ago, tannins had just melted away, but the fruit was subdued. This one however showed a much more interesting balance; everybody loved it. Maybe the wine is reaching optimal drinking window (or it was a lucky bottle) .
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