Cork was soft and 1/2 soaked but an Ah-so got it out well enough. Only a half a teaspoon of sediment. Decanted for 2 hours and consumed over next two. The wine still has a huge and drying tannic backbone, but the wine is near silk until after mid palate when the acidit starts to catch up. The fruit is ripe and extremely dense. A real mouthful of black and blue fruits but the leather, tobacco, cassis, and graphite are all layered in and pronounced. A really impressive wine.
still requires a significant decant. opened at a restaurant dumped into decanter and began consuming about an hour later. really solid structure, balance, size and mouthfeel but giving nothing on the nose or palate. after a second hour in the decanter began to give a bit of secondary flavor on the palate. was not able to spend enough time with the wine do see potential full development.
Have drank in 2004 and 2012. Fabulous bottle of American wine. Deep bricking is beat back by deep anise on opening fading to beautiful saddle leather, sea salt, tobacco and with a couple hours a tar component more reminiscent of a far younger wine. Total pleasure to drink on a Christmas Eve. Exquisite balance, incredible power from cork pull to sediment. Classic. Only thing that keeps this wine from scoring higher is it's not the dynamic every changing complex wine that garners the very highest scores. Bought at auction 12+ years ago, perfect storage since.
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(Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard) From magnum - bricking, very dark red violet color; mature, savory, corn beef, beef jus nose; tasty, mature, beef jus, corn beef, olive tapenade palate; medium-plus finish (more advanced than the last bottle I tried)
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