Deep reddish purple opaque color. Aromas of black fruits, tar, smoke and wood spices. Ripe, beautifully constructed fruit in the mouth with excellent depth and length but still some unresolved tannins. Very thick and grainy on the palate. This powerful and delicious wine is still at the very beginning of its peak drinking years.
This is in its prime drinking window right now. Very dark, silky, nicely integrated tannins. There is a little bit of funk here and a slight medicinal/liquorice flavor as well that I don't love, but it's still quite delicious.
Coravin'd and tasted soon after. Very dark with a thin clear rim and just a touch of dust. Deep and brooding nose of black fruit, licorice, incense and sweet roasted spices leads to flavors of of black plum, cassis and no shortage of wood spice. This is still rather firmly structured with grape and wood tannins just balanced by ripe black fruit. Certainly better than in its youth, this is still lugging a lot of lumber. Drink now-2020
Decanted 2 hours. Some firm, chunky sediment. Deep, clear and bright color. Gorgeous aromatics combine dark fruit, spice cake, exotic jam and lots of secondary whiffs. Rich and sweet fruit greets the palate with nicely balanced richness and good acidity. The drying wood tannins of previous bottles is waning but still in evidence. I was starting to lose faith in this vintage, but it finally seems to be coming around.
This bottle finally lived up to the promise. Sous bios, mint and rosemary nose, this also had a bright berry component behind the herbs. Mature berry, stone and tar flavors with oak back notes. Still plenty of tannins and a decent acidity to back the flavors and keep it interesting. Far and away the best of my six bottles.
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