Nice wine . It's so rewarding to see the bonded tannins collect in chunks and strings ,at the bottle bottom. The only difference I can detect in this from a Napa, is an almost sweet, present black fruit. Otherwise, it's just the same, with obvious softer/tannin age. Perhaps this level cab from Chile advances quicker than Napa? I don't think a big Napa at this age, would be as smoothed out.
This bottle has evolved from my last one nearly 3 years ago. This had a bit less fruit and a bit more dusty notes. This evolution was very beneficial in toning down what my notes called a bit overpowering plum. I feel like this bottle is in a pretty good spot right now and I will be drinking one more in the next 6 months and my last in the next 18 months. Drink now till 2018
Ah good - after a few muted ones, this bottle is super. Dark opaque. Young. Nose not very suggestive, but slightly chocolatey, antique furniture, dusty. Some tomato and spice, and the merest whiff of ethereal blackcurrant. Hazelnuts. Delicious initial palate, deep fruit. Cor, really good attack and mouth-coating deliciousness. Coffee, chocolate, Asian spices. Lovely silky texture at first. Round. Some mint and a long lingering and delicious sexy finish. Nice acid propping it all up. However, the tannins are somewhat coarse at the end in this. A little rough unfortunately, bringing up the rear with a bit of heft instead of the grace needed to score higher. Still, this is excellent and the spectrum of sheer flavour is stunning. (95-96)
No idea what's wrong with some peoples' bottles! This is drinking OK without a long decant, but will benefit from a few more years to calm down the tannins a little more. Nothing shows any sign of fading of doing anything other than being being better!
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