From magnum, Thia was a little better and more balanced than the last bottle. Medium translucent garnet with a tinge of brick. Lots of cherry and licorice and earthy minerality on the nose and palate. Easy to drink with smooth rich mouth feel. In this format there is plenty of life left, though as last time I wish it had more secondary flavors and complexity.
Opened two bottles at the same time. Obvious difference between the two. One was cherries and blackcurrants, the other was same but with a hint of minerals and gasoline. Deep ruby color, although one bottle less so. Decanted. After two hours, one was still definitely the superior of the two, despite being purchased together and stored under identical conditions. Although I often find the community drinking windows on CellarTracker a bit short, this definitely should be consumed ASAP.
Started off a little tired, with significant bricking at the rim. A little lifeless and dumb for aboutn 20 minutes , then continued to grow in fruit, pine sap, a little wood earth and s floral light finish - very nice finess for the next 2 hours. Wow, this was great. Drank along side a '12 which was all fruit and I would not be able to identify as the same wine.
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