Consistent with my last note: this has really opened up beautifully and is drinking very well, even without a long decant. Slightly off-dry on the attack, with loads of ripe, sweet red fruit offset by balanced acidity and loads of soft tannins. Still very primary and fresh, showing a judicious use of oak. This has now turned into a rather food friendly wine.
Seems like this has finally turned a corner. Right out of the gate, there is a dense nose of dark fruit, vanilla, star anise and fresh mint. Slightly off-dry on the attack, but otherwise dry, with balanced acidity. The tannins are still there, but much less distracting than when I last tasted this over a year ago. The fruit is singing, and there is no real sign of aging. Properly stored, this should keep well for many more years. Ideally wait a bit longer for the tannins to integrate.
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