poured as a foil to the 97 Chave. Opened in the AM and seemed much more tightly coiled than the Chave, so then decanted for several hours. Drunk over around 3 hours.
this quite a bit darker and more brooding with roasted meat, darker fruits, black olives, and overall a less subtle feel to it. Fuller, denser, and coarser on the palate with a more of a direct feel to it. Rich, but not overripe, brooding, younger and less coherent than the Chave. It suffered in its company, but overall was still very enjoyable and if I had any more bottles, I would like to have tried another one in 5+ years. 91 pts
Easter Day dinner with all the family. 4 hour decant of my remaining three bottles. Power in a velvet glove much as my original 2012 note but with more elegance - whether from 2+ years or extra decanting time I'm not sure. Drink over he next five years for best enjoyment.
Decanted for 2 hours. I suspect it was bottle variance, but while following the basic character of my original note, the concentration was missing leaving a (still nice enough) rather one dimensional flat impression. Hopefully this was a one-off. Will report back. Normally 92-93pts.
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