JB @ 28-50 (28-50 Marylebone): Blind. Quite dark and full. A dark red to blue-black fruit profile. A touch of licorice too. Quite a full, subdued right bank profile. Maybe VCC. Hints of flair, but it does remain quite dry and surly and with air shows increasingly dry. Needs food. There's lots to be interested in here, but it does keep itself slightly hidden. A touch surly. A difficult phase, or a case of under-fruited with fury tannins? ***
As Denis Durantou suggested, opened in the morning and without decanting drinking it in the evening. Very nice (not great) bottle of wine that is in it's window of drinking. In the glass the wine came together so next time I try it the old fashoined way of decanting 2 hours in advance.
Bring your best you paid under $100- double blind (Norcross, GA): At the end of the evening when palates were shot but this wine was dark, was not very giving almost closed, some thought it was corked but I knew it was the aged characteristics and soil, very earthy, also very tannic- was not given much of a decant but then again not sure it would have helped.
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