Very elegant aromas, much more so than I was expecting. Red cherry and plum fruit, backed up by underbrush and wet leaves. A smell of beef broth and soy sauce lingers on the end of the nose. With a few hours in the decanter, the fruit aromas really began to come out, and there’s this cool raspberry and almost a cola aroma that I love. Tangy cranberry and red plum fruit on the palate. Medium+ acid, but not austere like some others have commented. Lots of savory broth flavor to this, along with some pepper and tobacco and a streak of minerals. Not green or stemmy like some of the 2004s. Dusty tannins provide significant structure to the wine. For my palate, this wine is in a great place right now. It is quite expressive at this point, showing some lovely secondary characteristics. Considering I got this on closeout for like $20, I wish I would’ve bought more.
Disappointing compared to other bottles I've had - this doesn't show the same complexity or depth; the fruit's more reticent here with the acidity quite shrill and a stemmy, stalky character dominating the aromatics.
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