Well balanced. Fruit without overpowering fruit. Spice with pepper. Originally popped and poured but after 2 hours more fruit emerged with even a bit of apparent sweetness. No classic signs of aging. Moderate finish. Very dark color. The alcohol was 15.6%. It was not apparent on the palate due to the balance and spice, but my head definitely noticed it after 2 or 3 glasses.
Same as a bottle six months ago. Needs to breathe for 45 to 60 minutes. Black cherries and pepper. Full body and a good finish - big, sturdy old-school zin. A little (too) sweet, but it matched up very well with BBQ ribs.
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