Exotic, very spicy, starts red-fruited but moves towards blackcurrant with air. Not too heavy--this drank well with salmon. But this is a New World wine from a hot vintage, and it shows in a slightly roasted fruit character and a touch of perceptible alcohol. Started to deteriorate around the 90-120 minute mark of aeration.
Third tasting with consistent notes. Decanted for about 10 hours, then consumed over the next 24. Moderate amount of very fine to medium sediment. Typical old wine aromas, wet leather. Fruit flavors have held up well, but perhaps fading slightly. Consistent with my previous tastings, this wine has a barnyard aroma, though this bottle seemed less overpowering than the others I'd tasted. I have to assume that this is just a characteristic of that vintage, I've never detected it in any other vintage of Seavey I've tasted (though, I have smelled it in other wines). As per my previous comments, this aroma knocks my rating down by 2 or 3 points. I would not buy this again. I still have a magnum to drink, let's see if it has consistent notes.
WOW! This wine is in a beautiful drinking window. Decanted (lots of sediment in these wines) and let breathe. Started drinking after 30 minutes. What a beautiful balance of fruit, aromatics, tannins and earth tones!
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