Dark garnet, opaque. Not much aroma, one-dimensional. The palate is austere, lacks much fruit, is tannic and not charming. The aftertaste is the same. I know Melka's wines are highly rated, but I have always found them lacking fruit and charm. I don't think more time will improve it, so I will drink my final bottle before too long. Ric
Still very dark garnet and opaque. Moderately pronounced complex cabernet aromas of cassis and blackberries, with toasty French oak. However, as with most Melka wines, the flavors are more dominated by tannin than fruit, lacking the charm and elegance they should have, especially for a wine that, at 13 years, should be at its peak. I don't think further aging will change that balance. Drink this up before it loses the fruit it has. Because they are too tannic for the fruit, I stopped buying Melka wines some years ago.. Ric
Last of six. If I learned anything it's that you cannot pop and pour this now twelve year old wine. It needs serious air to become drinkable. Deep purple out of the bottle. Nose of dark fruit, wet saddle leather, tincture of iodine, heavyweight fruit on the palate--with other Bordeaux-like complexity. The finish is lengthy. This wine should only be consumed with food.
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