Decanted for two hours before drinking over the next two to accompany a fantastic rare 40z Tomahawk steak at Shore Restaurant in Hong Kong. No detailed notes because it was a raucous Friday night with friends but this wine really sang and impressed everyone. It is absolutely in its prime drinking window now. Medium-bodied, elegant and very refined....quite Bordeaux-ish, although not as much so as the Ridge Monte Bello 1996 we drank the next evening.
Very dark in color. Nose of licorice, cassis, dark berries and chocolate. Very powerful finish, long and has a wonderful structure. Even if this is quite a opulent wine, it is very smooth and elegant. Great PVR as all the Ariettas I have tried. Drink now - 2022
Best bottle yet. Fully open within 30 minutes. Clicking on all cylinders. Red, blue and black fruits on nose and palate in layers, hints of spice and dried herbs, sweet Oak, a solid 30+ second finish. Smooth, nearly silk, with rich and full mouthfeel. Half a teaspoon of sediment at end, which came to quickly.
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