Right on the edge of being corked - is the nose weedy, or musty? Regardless, this probably isn't right, but this is one of the only wines on the table that's not on the downslope, as it has a nice, full palate with fresh cassis and herbs. Shame about whatever was going on with the nose.
Clear. Clean. Developed. Intense nose, rich fruits with a complex array of tertiary aromas. Elegant, seductive, but also fairly powerfull. With time and airation, the developed aromas emerges and takes away some of the sweet fruits. The acidity and tannins hamonizes with the body and mouthfeel of the wine. Ripe, fine tannins holds it together in a long lasting finish. A very good wine.
Medium red color, garnet-edged. Beautiful nose: bay leaf, green olive, strong primary fruit (cherry), oak spice (cinnamon, vanilla, pencil box), hint of juniper bush. On arrival, medium-low tannin and balanced acidity. Supple and rich in the mouth, in an ideal state for current drinking and yet there's a sense it could have hold many years more. Savory finish, slightly drying. Bottle #3 of four.
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