Much better than the bottle several years ago, which must have been flawed. The cork was very fragile and fell apart but nothing a good strainer couldn't address. Good color and nice fruity aromas. The fruit was still there but the flavors after 14 years were too pruney for my taste. But a friend really liked it and kept saying "cassis."
N.B. Bought directly from winery on release and cellared in pristine conditions since (never moved). The cork had less than 1 mm of color saturation.
Wow this is good! Black cherry color. No signs of bricking at all. Jammy on the nose with ripe plums, dark berries and black cherries coupled with baking spices (a little pumpkin muffin). REALLY good red licorice, ripe plum sauce and black cherries on the palate. A rich and thick mouthfeel with a great counter balance of acidity. Yields a mouth watering and very long finish. A masculine wine in every way but the acidity makes this a very special wine. So fresh and youthful at 13+ years. Draper really did a masterful job with this.
Fruit still showing well, dried raspberries, stewed cherries, stewed tomato, tea leaf, secondary aged components obvious, dry mushroom, musty forest, some oxidation on the finish. Couple of hours later really showed it's age in a fading way. Drink now and enjoy.
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