90-91 pts with some bonus points for the age on it. Not a terribly complex wine but solid for the price. Pretty expressive nose after the initial pour with macerated black cherries and currants. Certainly had the character of an older wine on the palate with the black cherry fruit having a rather meaty character to it. Incredibly chalky tannins at first that hid some other components but with some aeration the wine developed some more character.
At its best the wine contained a really pleasing meaty black cherry, generous cacao and mint all rolled up on the mid-palate. There wasn't much if any elegance here, but it had a pleasing nature to it nonetheless. With extended aeration it developed some other characteristics of blackberry, black currant, hints of cola and at one point hinted of wet fallen leaves. Unfortunately the wine lacked any real focus to express anything harmoniously but that was to be expected given the price. Only the mint and cacao was persistent for any period of time.
Overall, a tasty but inelegant wine that certainly benefited from the age. The tannin and acid are there but I'm not so sure that it will ever come together in a composed way. At peak maturity right now and possibly the next 3-5 years. I don't imagine it will get much better so enjoy now.
Mocha, cocoa dust, chocolate, blackcherries, menthol, vanilla, cream, tobacco, mint. Dark purple to the rim with bold legs belying its 12% ABV. Tasted like it smelled with Full mouth fell with fine tannins and good spice and acidity on a medium finish. VERY nice for this price point. Shocking how well this wine opened and drank at this price point.
Day two and the wine continues to impress. While the fruit has 'slightly' muted it still is present on the nose significantly although there is more tobacco, smoke, cedar and camphor than yesterday. Legs remain consistent with yesterday as well as color. Mouth feel remains consistent but the wine is not pronounced on the palate as yesterday but the finish remains consistent. The palate is slightly muted or flat.
Decanted through vinturi for 5 hours. Nose of red brick, and red fruit. Raspberry, and cranberry fruit. Palate is predominantly unripe raspberry, and brick dust. Full bodied with good structure, might improve to 90pts or so with another 5 years of age. Drink 2012-2025
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