A shrill vintage. Nose of grapefruit, anise, and leather. Middleweight. The structure is too imposing on the palate, where it's sour, drying, and a bit bitter without any counterbalancing sweetness or ripeness. Distinctive but harsh and cerebral.
I stood this bottle up for 2 weeks and decanted in the bottle for appox. 2 hours. Ruby color throughout. Some barnyard funk upon opening which blew off by the 1 hour mark. The nose has dried flowers, cherries, and meat. Palate is very well balanced with a long fleshy finish. It is so fleshy that I could taste the wine for over 90 sec after the last sip. excellent.
Dinner at Don and Melissa's (Upstate Manhattan): This bottle had the most bullet-proof cork I've ever seen. It snapped a corkscrew, in the middle of the worm; nearly defeated an ah-so; and took a hinge of a double-hinge model before sacrificing its contents. Said contents were equally impenetrable. Faint hints of leather, some VA, a touch of brett.
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