Medium fruity aroma, though not opened up in the beginning. Tannins is a bit tight and needed about 1.5 hours to open up. Fruity and more complex flavors began to evolve. It is enjoyable to drink after it opened up. A big wine but round and sound. A reasonable finish.
Really lovely red wine. Pulled from cellar where it has lain since purchase at Carlisle. The cork was anything but friendly. Center of cork crumbled when pulled out and left behind the outer portion (see photo). Was a mess and had concerns about the wine. However, the wine turned out to be excellent. Decanted to filter out the cork; otherwise, very little sediment. Very rich color implying years more life. A bit closed at first, but shortly thereafter, it began to blossom with gobs of sweet dark fruits, berries and, ultimately a wonderful mocha element in the nose and palate. Also, noticed some rhubarb sour cherry flavors later on. Tannins are sweet and nicely resolved and make this wine a joy to drink. Finish is quite nice with mouth watering, round, tannins and a nice high-note of blackberries. Wonderful.
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