This was a surprisingly good bottle of wine. Decanting for sediment, the wine had a rich, full nose of lush dark fruit with an interesting spice, eucalyptus and misc. herb nose--though mostly dominated by fruit. Soft palate with integrated, smooth tannins. Medium finish. Drink this wine over the next year.
Excellent straight out of the bottle. Aromas of blackcurrant liqueur framed by woody, brambly notes, menthol, violets and a touch of leather. Dense, fat, creamy black fruits with a touch of medicinal oak. Just a kiss of tannin on the finish, which has great length and minimal heat. An amazing value at $10 a bottle. This wine did fade a little after being open a couple of hours, so I would recommend drinking in the next few years.
This wine is starting to come around after a couple of recent disappointments. On day one the nose was dominated by smokey, chocolate aromas. The mouthfeel was dense with bright currant and cherry. Half a bottle was left in the fridge for three days and emerged with rich charcoal, cassis on the nose. Intense black currant and chocolate flavors. Unfortunately, even after 3 days the finish is a little hot and disjointed - hopefully another 2+ years will smooth it out.
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