I was expecting this wine to be over the hill as per others tasting notes. Purchased this wine as a release wine and been sitting in my cellar since. I found the wine to be still full of life and quite pleasant to drink. Soft on the palate, smooth tannins and still quite alive with no signs of being over the hill what so ever. A classic Hietz.
Some bricking on the color. Nose of saddle leather, tar, and a light dose of green peppers. The palate was quite dusty, with mushrooms, and the fruit was starting to fade but was still holding its own. A touch short on the finish detracted a little but some late tannins and a touch of sharp acidity helped this out. If this bottle is representative, I'd suggest drinking up within the next 3-4 years as its best days are probably behind it, yet this was still an enjoyable bottle and went well with my Filet Mignon. 89 points
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