Have been cellaring well since I received from Carlisle. Popped and started pouring. This bottle is great. Great concentrated dark fruit with some real tarry dirt and a little white pepper on the nose and pallet. Almost northern Rhone early on. I am really glad I decided to wait on this bottle because at 9 years old, it was really good. A little tartness after open about 4 hours so I'm not sure this will get any better.
The nose showed intense crushed blackberry, cherry liquor, cola and eucalyptus with savory hints of charred meat, dark soil and herbs in the background. On the palate, It displayed weighty, silky textures with flavors of black fruit, licorice, bitters and peppery spice, yet there's a hint of perceptible heat here, which swayed it from balance. A bitter twang lingered through the finish with dark fruits clinging to the senses.
I want to love this, but the heat gets in the way a little, yet still a good effort.
Slightly unbalanced with alcohol showing through on the finish. Suspect this may be starting to lose some of the fruit that initially covered the high alcohol. Still inky purple with lots of fruit but I would not hold too much longer. Nice wine.
Something was wrong with this bottle. Cork seemed fine, did not have an off-putting smell, so I don't think it was corked. Maybe it was over the hill, maybe shutdown. I think I had a bad bottle. Real shame as I was really looking forward to this.
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