Decanted 2 hours. Loads of tar, rubber, smoke, mint. cola, sage and sweet red berries. Balanced with a fresh dry finish. Starting its decline but still in a pleasurable place. Distinct dusty dry tannin and great acidity. Drink now.
A bit of everything: Open, frendly, ready for business wine. Farmyard, blackcurrant, green pepper nose. Medium light body, some pepper on the palate. Very well balanced, integrated, superb texture. Loved it.
Dark rosewood color, starting to show maturity around the edges. Popped and poured, this had an Old World nose of cigarette ash, latex, and a subtly oily aroma. Lots of sediment- so I decanted this, allowing it to aerate while we enjoyed it over three hours. The palate was a little off at first. A prior bottle of 2000 Don Melchor had a noticeably gamey note; this was similar, but tasting slightly rotten and unpleasant. Some time in the decanter let this blow off, although the palate retained a residual funkiness, along with a pervasively oily mouthfeel. Altogether, I liked this less than the 2000, but lack the experience with this wine to judge what part of this is characteristic, as opposed to aberrant. The tannins on this had smoothed out, but still provided support for another three or so years in the cellar.
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