The cork was soaked and the last piece of it was saved by using a kind of Durand cork screw. Drank from Riedel Vinum Burgundy glas. Upon opening this was very unclean and the nose showed very much of iron and earth. Decanted for one hour and the wine was a different beast. Clear nose of figs and of an old boathouse (tar). Some tobacco in the background. A fully mature wine with perfectly matured tannins. Still a zap of acidity that closes the mouth beautifully in a good length. Some spices on the finish. Had it with a filet of venison, mushrooms, creamed califlowers and port wine sauce. Splendid! Only half the bottle was decanted, the other half developed in the bottle over several hours. This part was the best.
The cork was completely soaked and fell apart on popping. Seemed otherwise intact. Decanted ca ½ hour. On the nose loamy notes and hints of red fruit. A little reticent smell. Surprisingly vibrant palate still, showing dried red toned fruit with a mellowed,silky aspect and some firm acidity and dusty finish to it. Incredible. Could still hold for another five to ten years but won´t get much better. Not a very complex nebbiolo, but it has aged gracefully.
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