Lovely ruby color, with no bricking. Subtle, but not faded, nose of dark fruit leather, spice and cigar box, all translating onto the palate. Tannins and acid may be well integrated, but the power is still there, though more on the finish than the approach. Flavors are very Bordeaux. The wine is now a grande dame, unconcerned with it's loss of youthful vitality, well balanced and still sure of herself. Approach her with respect and appreciation for the craft and you will enjoy a sophisticated conversation, perhaps with a touch of seduction.
Allowed to breathe in glass 30 minutes before tasting. This bottle did not show especially well. The fruit was faded, mostly replaced by aromas and flavors of savory meat and soy. Oddly, it was best on the third day under vacuum stopper, worst on the second day, and intermediate on the first day.
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