PnP. This smells good from the word go, but primary. Ripe and grapey, but with lots of graphite and cedar and a signature herbal note. The palate is still really firm, almost hard, and the flavors and textures are all fleshy, tarry tannins. This has relaxed since release when it was tough as nails, but wow this still needs lots of time. Seems very promising though.
Update: I froze the second half of the bottle (to preserve it) and thawed it a few days later... It really opened up and soften after this treatment, it actually came across like a classy Cali cab with a plush mouthfeel, some minty notes but with the seriousness too, like the Dunn Napa bottling. Still going strong. Impressive QPR.
Inky purple, not a bold nose, but some graphite and a little forest floor and crushed berries. Black berries and minerality with a full mouth feel. Bold wine with very refined tannins and a good 45 second finish.
Better than the last bottle, which evidently was off, this open, lush, ripe, round, sweet, fresh wine is on top of its game. It's going to be hard to find a better 2005 Bordeaux for this small amount of money. Popped, poured and enjoyed, this is a real wine of pleasure. There is no need for decanting.
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