Popped and poured. Deep garnet with very slight brown tones. Medium+ acid, medium+ body, and medium+ tannins but well integrated. This wine is still very primal, with big upfront dark cherry fruit, blackberries, and graphite. A hint of leather is starting to creep in here as well. Long finish. Everything is in balance and I would say that this wine is in its early to mid peak drinking window right now. It will be very interesting to see how this evolves over the next two or three years, but there is really no need to wait. Excellent wine with or without food.
This was a very good wine, still showing a lot of freshness and life. On open, it had a huge nose of leather, tobacco, violets and cassis. It was showing some soft tannins, but with a lot of alcohol and acidity.
I let it breathe in bottle for 5 hours before decanting and drinking at hour 6. Drinking 6 hours after open, the alcohol had become more integrated and the acidity had receded to a pleasurable level. Unfortunately, the wine had also become less aromatic, and didn't have much on the nose.
All told, it was a very pleasant wine and about on point for a $65 bottle. If your bottle has aged like mine, it has a few years left in it, but I don't see much reason to wait.
I presented this at a Campanian wine tasting.Many thought it was a corked example but I found it quite drinkable but nothing memorable.I contacted the winery to report the problem and they were most unhelpful and unwilling to replace it.
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