Deep ruby, expressive somewhat oaky nose, full of black and blue fruit. Actually almost has the nose of a jammy Californian Pinot (which gave me a bit of a fright, to be honest).
Medium body of super ripe red and black fruit. Strawberry, black cherry, blackberry, anise. Medium+ tannins that are now well integrated. Where the oak was strong on the nose it is perfectly integrated on the palate. The wine is sweet and concentrated without being jammy.
Only thing missing is a bit more minerality/salinity. I imagine that the fruit will carry this wine for another decade, but I'm not certain it will improve from here, so why wait?
Pours out an inky colour reminiscent of a bruise. The wine is so dense and concentrated yet everything is in balance and proportion is perfect. There are notes of dried plum, liqueur cherry, licorice, tar and smoked meats. It is has so much presence in the mouth with awesome power. Structure is monumental and it is probably a 50+ year wine if the cork can hold out. A monster but not a really scary one. Although it kind of tries to intimidate you now with its awesome strength.
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