I'm hoping that this may come around on the second day. I bought this three years ago after tasting it. So I must have liked it then. Anyway, now this seems over ripe, over fruity, over powering. I did not enjoy it at all. The nose developed some strange notes, most notably the "army surplus store" aroma. (????????) I decanted for well over four hours and it seems that nothing much happened in that time. I agree with another member who says that this seems "candied." I'll revisit this tomorrow......Day Two: It definitely improved. More pleasant aromas of cherry and cola came out. The harshness of the over-concentration was gone and it now drinks very easily. I actually wanted to finish the bottle.
Nice color in the glass with slight hints of cedar and cigar. The majority of the blend is Merlot - so the wine overall is softer on the palate. It probably drank better one year ago - but not bad now. I wouldn't wait to consume any bottles as this wine appears to have already hit its peak.
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