nose is full of earth, hints of baking spice (thinking long-dried cinnamon), and truffle. not at all brawny and tannic as i understand is characteristic of the vintage, there is still ample fruit here and though this is fully resolved, it has enough acidity to remain lively, with flavors of ripe red raspberry and some spice elements as well. fully mature and very good.
Imperial format with level at base neck. Bottle breathed for 3 hrs before consuming. Some mint, tea leaf and earth. Though length is a little short and relatively light body, but quite enjoyable. If it's not in large format, should drink up soon as don't see the wine will improve thru aging.
Sourced a case from Benchmark Wines. To my surprise, all 12 bottles were in good condition. Uniform fills. Saturated corks, but that was to be expected. All of the bottles benefited from an hour or so of air. Fairly light bodied but still very good.
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