From 375. For a 25+ year old wine this was still lively. Popped and poured. Initially some alcohol on the nose which quickly blows off leaving aromas and flavors of tart cherries, strawberries, and leather. Unfortunately, the wine lost complexity and length the longer it was open. Drink soon.
Impromptu Copains at Fratello's (Fratello's San Clemente): Bright brambly nose smelling much of Zinberry. Very bright on the palate, clean and lean with powerful acidity behind cherry fruits. Very good and showing more clearly like a Zin than other aged examples have to me. Not just holding up but doing very well. Very good.
Copain Offline @ Fratello's In The South OC (Fratello's Laguna Niguel): This was the kick off to the Copain dinner. Man, for 25 years old, still fresh. If bagged and served blind, then asked to guess vintage, I would have never got close to offering a vintage guess of this age. Fresh nose, even a bit of cobbler. Strawberry fruit, hints of herb and maybe some sigar leaf but the latter in the background. Very nice and fresh--bravo.
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