A mouthcoating wine with firm tannins over berries, plum, pungent spices (clove, nutmeg, and the mustard seed that I note in Sardinian wines), coffee, and chocolate. The nose has some floral (violet), leather, dark berries, and dried fruit. Acidity is bright and the finish is long. This is an excellent wine that still has a good 5 or 10 years to go. Very nice wine.
Popped and poured a ruby with with brick edging. The cork smelled distinctly of vinegar, but the wine didn't seem to have the same odor. In the glass, the wine was watery and flat and flabby with dull muted fruit. Came quite close to dumping the bottle here (I would have rated it about an 80 at this point, more than 10 lower than past bottles). The decision to let it sit and move on to another bottle was a sound decision. An hour later, the wine had opened to a wonderful medium bodied wine with avery pleasant mouth feel. Scents of cherries, tastes of cherry and hints of oak. We would never have thought that any wine could encompass such massive improvement, truly surprising!
This wine is meant for food. Normally that is a knock from me, but not this time. Maybe it is the "still young" edge that this wine delivers when sipping, but to soften that "edge" and trully capture the sweet, fruity, equisite nose that you experience when opening/decanting, one must pair it with food - preferably pasta with red sauce, but it also goes well with an appetizer of nachos and salsa and sharp cheese. The fruit SINGS thru in a chorus with your meal. Enjoy!
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