Not showing any signs of age, still a vibrant, dark ruby core. Pretty closed down/mute on night 1, but rather stunning aromatics and flavors on night 2. Really classy, with an inner core of purity and finesse that take this to the next level. Glad I was able to see this on night 2, as I'd have been quite ambivalent on night 1. 14,5% abv., drink thru 2018. recommended
I drank the 2001, not 2004. Enjoyed with sourdough toast and cheese and salumi. This wine has aged well and had just enough fruit with the right amount of mellowness for a casual glass of wine. I think I paid around $17 for the bottle at a local wine store and wish I could find more for the price.
Opened a bit tired but freshened up considerably after being opened and decanted for about an hour. From earthy, leathery it settled itself into much more classic dark cherry and other black fruits with a nice lift to it. palate also freshened up and became much more precise with clean fresh plummy and cherry notes, good mouth weight and width and a refreshing finish. Drank beautifully with a pork chop covered in crushed fennel and cumion seeds, pepper and salt. drinking well now and over the next couple of years.
Not giving much on the nose on pop and pour except a slight funkiness. Palate is also relatively closed, high acid, slight cherry fruit, a little leather. Opened a bit more with time over the evening, but never really shined. Palate remained a bit muted giving up little fruit, so with the high acid this remained out of balance for my palate. I'm not sure if this is just the fruit fading given that its a 2004, but the 2005 I had a few months back showed much better. Given the performance of this bottle, I 'd say this was not a good value at $22.
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