A tad disnjointed (smelled of stewed fruits & alcohol) but after 1.5 hours in a decanter that went away. Black in the glass. Tobacco, blackberry, charcoal on nose. On palate, black cherry, blackberry, figs & cassis. Full body but has structure. Heat didn't show up on the palate (with a decant). Really enjoyed. 93+
strong aroma of dark berries, some cedar and heat. on the palate, rich with the same blackberries and boysenberries, with a bit of fig (sweetness) also strong with licorice - hard to place, but surely other tasting notes confirm. Good acidity and lift. Tannins mellower but still show that it has a ways to age. the heat and tannins make it a tad disjointed.
Tried over two nights. 750ml bottle stood for weeks. Brief decant and pour. Black ruby in color, deep and rich dark fruits on the palate with dusty, charming Old World tannins. Night Two showed a much softer profile, as you would guess. Both nights consumed on its own, would look to match this with some grilled meat in the future. Very enjoyable if a bit unremarkably simple. No rush to open the next one.
second bottle...tannins have greatly softened over these 3 years. Still, with a few hours of air, shows that it has more aging to offer. Nose: dark cherries, berries, some heat and wet hay. Mouth: rasberry, mulberry, black tea, some drying leather-like edge. Still has some muscle. cheers.
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