Bricking colour still fairly dark for its age, not much sediment in bottle though. Rusty nails/beef blood on the nose, though the wife thought it smelt like brandy. Fruit still present, notes of sour cherry, but getting tired. No hint of wood though, this bottle has certainly seen better days. Still very pleasant to drink.
Tasted with UCBEAU, although I got to it a bit later than everyone else. Smelled like the inside of a dead campfire along with old cherries and mushroom. Tastes dirty and a bit gritty, sun-dried tomato, old book, very faint cherry flavors in the background. Fun as an exercise but pretty tired in my opinion.
Opened and decanted for about an hour. The nose was a crazy mish-mash of dusty red soil, smoked meat, campfire, char-griller, and no fruit at all. On the palate, after about an hour, we found some dried red fruit, dusty soil, and dried herb flavors. More time brought those into harmony but never quite to the forefront. I think this wine has just started a downward ascent, but the amount of acid and tannin present were pleasing.
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