WOTN, (the 2005 Alban Seymour's needed lots more air, but mostly just needs many more years of rest) and for good reason; this is very well-balanced and chock-full of complexity, with countless layers of red and black fruit that are constantly revealing hidden nuances and silken textures. Checks all the boxes a fine wine should, and avoids any suggestion of over-ripe or over-wrought. Elegant, but solidly built, too. The best has yet to come, I think, as tertiary development has yet to really take hold, but with just 2 hours in decanter this was showing brilliantly on the night. An absolute joy to drink. Thru 2027, highly recommended
Short line: "a big boy with finesse." Giant Oakville cab nose on this that is appealing to say the least. It had just a touch of vegetal character at open, but left to grab some slow o for four hours, it burned off. Acidity is a great cutter here. I'm betting it will integrate better in late age, but I'm pretty sure that if you had a beef pairing, this would be outstanding as the acid cuts the fat. Big tannins if you hold the finish, but they're not unbearable. For the curious (me), totally drinkable and approachable.
Oozes class and expensive oak on the palate with gobs of wood and tannin but its already well integrated, giving the wine a creamy texture, and plenty of vanilla extract. Good freshness. Hedonistic fruit. Should age well for at least a decade.
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