Rhone-ish nose with leather, spice, red and dark fruits on display. Silky palate with more red and dark fruits, leather, and black tea. Resolved tannins. A nice showing, but this is fully mature and it's time to drink up.
This would have been really nice 10 years ago. There's simply almost no fruit left; lots of vegetable and other secondary aromas, some pleasant, some unpleasant. Opens up a touch after a couple hours open to reveal a tiny hint of dark fruit with silky-smooth tannin (or remnants of tannin, at this point), but got no more out of it. Served it with roasted duck breast, and everybody was reaching for the Crozes-Hermitage backup within a couple sips.
Unequivocally this wine is past its absolute prime but still has much to give. Lovely uniform bricking and a good nose of slightly over-ripe plums and figs. Improved with a long decant and plenty of fruit left on the palate but the age showed in the finish which obviously is shorter than it could have been. Drink up.
We brought this wine to a restaurant unopened. The waiter broke the cork upon opening and filtered the wine. We started drinking it about a half hour later. The color was good and the nose was lovely -- full, rich and plummy, with a taste to match: robust fruit, very well balanced, no off-notes at all. The wine held up beautifully throughout the meal. Much more than we expected from this wine. Still lots of drinking time.
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