Granato di media compattezza. Inizialmente il naso sfoggia sentori di prugna, cappero, cuoio, pellame nobile, pepe nero e macis, note balsamiche e fumè, con carattere nettamente scuso. Più giocoso in bocca, con tannino fermo ma vellutato e lunga persistenza su note di ginepro e cenere. Dopo mezz’ora nel bicchiere si sfalda ed ossida
Well, I liberated a bottle of 2004 Guardiola from storage last night and opened it with a baked ziti. After some of the notes on the boards I was surprised to see it in such good shape, although I understand the disappointment with how it's developed. The promise when this wine was young was that it would become a showcase for that rocky, volcanic mineral element, which seemed to lurk somewhere under all that tannin, but that's not a factor anymore. The good news is that the tannin has really relaxed its grip and while it still seems a little edgy at first it seems to melt away as the bottle warms to room temperature. The flavors are definitely advanced for a wine just 6 years or so in the cellar but not in the category of oxidized or falling apart, in fact it feels very solid even though the fruit has mellowed and started to brick, it just has a leathery quality to it that usually connotes something older.
Served at Campania in Waltham, MA; decanted 4 hours. Delicious and unique. Both the color and the aroma of black cherries; medium-bodied and lets light through; terrific flavor-to-weight ratio. A little spicy. Wonderful cranberry tanginess on the back palate and a clean finish.
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