Sending Josh off to the 'burbs (l'Artusi, NYC): Deep blood, bricked but astonishingly dark still. HUGE nose of burning embers, seaweed, tarry seadock, juniper, beeswax -- it just goes on forever; fucking Islay peat (!); forest moss. Wow... Palate is round with a touch of aggressive acidity, healthily tannic, with buckets of old skool Rioja fruit -- plums, figs, currants -- wrapping it all up. Long. Just terrific; couldn't possibly be better. Drink, but no hurry as this probably has another 30 years ahead of it, easily.
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