Nice to revist one last time. Splash decanted, mainly to look for sediment. Nice minerality to balance out the 16.6% alc. Was balanced and flavorful. not as dynamic as I had remembered but a very complete wine that aged nicely. Served with dry rubbed ribs and mashed sweet potatoes. That came together well. May be novel to hold longer, but I enjoyed this now.
This was worth the wait. Big purple fruit nose, but a restrained mouthfeel and silky tannins. Unlike the '02 Pride Petite I opened a few weeks ago, this was by no means a bruiser. Rather, a well integrated package of black/boisenberry, earth, spice and rock salts. Really fun to drink. Not young, but not anywhere near "old" either.
Voluptuous wine full of blueberry, blackberry liqueur, fig, orange blossom and charcoal. The fruit has a slightly roasted edge. Fat and creamy in texture. Good structure on the finish. A hedonistic, if slightly monochromatic wine.
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