Drank last in an impressive lineup of cabs -- palate was probably tired and not fair to this wine. Struck by the minerality, tobacco and "twigginess" of the wine - especially on the long finish. Fruit was deep but dry and second fiddle to the structure and complexity. Some eucalyptus or mint notes detected. Interesting...
From magnum. Decanted an hour and improved over that time in air. About 5 years left in this if you have a magnum, a 750 ml bottle, i am afraid, may be a little tired. Solid wine with a nice finish. Good not great or earth shaking by any means.
Enthusiastic after opening a ten-year-old Almaviva, which was drinking great, I decided to follow up with this. Good choice. This 12-year-old seems to be at almost the exact same stage as the '04 Almaviva: no bricking, young(ish) looking in the glass, with classic Chilean aromatics, cherry, earth, and some savory sage/eucalyptus notes, too. In the mouth, it's integrating but still has plenty of juicy red fruit supported by an integrated tannic structure, with secondary tobacco and currant/herbal notes. Nice long finish. Just a step behind the Almaviva. This is my last (or only?) 2002, but it makes me excited to hold onto my allegedly "greater" more recent vintages for a few years.
These are ageworthy wines. Could probably make it to the 20th birthday, but I'd drink 'em up whenever now.
Really nice cassis and dark fruit notes, along with some pepper and tobacco. The 4% cab franc rounds it out nicely. Tannins are mostly integrated, and you can finally pop and pour this wine, but the last glass was better the next day.
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