The shoulder of the bottle was packed with sediment, so I decanted for about an hour and a half. Upon decanting, I noticed that wine still looked very youthful- a nice purple rim with no bricking. Notes of creme de cassis, tannic black fruit, and earth were prominent. Flavors of tar, mint, black cherry, black plums, and leather were prominent. The wine was deftly balanced with there being a good amount of fruit left in the wine. I'd don't know if this wine is at it's peak (I'd bet on some good bottle variance) but damn was this a nice wine.
Dark ruby color with copper ring on the edges. Very expressive bouquet of green pepper and herbs. Silky smooth on the palate with exceptional balance. Good back bone structure and acidity. Stood up to food very well and showed how well made the wine is. Good length and extremely pleasant finish. Do not keep it any longer as I suspect it is at the peak of its maturity and will decline from now on.
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