Raisins, cedar, and smoke all alongside balanced tannins. Pleasant acidity and just enough funky earthiness on the nose to keep things interesting. Honestly I was surprised - thought this would be past it's prime but was excellent with Osso buco over Risotto Milanese.
Dark, dried fig to brick red with long, very thin tears.
Definite alcohol on the nose, which is cooling and not drying. Aromas of toasted almond, hazelnut, dark, dried fruit, acetone, and hints of cedar bark.
Powdery, grainy, and very bold tannins, with burning alcohol on the front and mid-palate and acidity that makes these two characteristics all the more harsh. The oxidized, nutty aromas are much less pleasant on the palate, and the wine finishes with considerable heat.
The wine seems unbalanced, despite it's age. It went well with the grilled chicken thighs I made tonight.
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