popped and poured, unable to enjoy (raw like cheap wine, although over $30), corked back up for cooking wine, happily drank the smooth stags leap artemis instead, and the penner ash 2011 pinot noir. It was ok for cooking though, since not bad tasting, just not smooth enough for enjoyable drinking.
ok, i drank the last taste after being open 2 days and it was actually good. reminder to be patient with bordeaux wines.
overwhelmingly tannic and very muted on first pull.
we let it breathe in bottle for 3-4 hrs, then served from a decanter.
have to say we were very pleased with this - based on comments below, i didnt have high hopes for it. delicate perfume of ripe cherries, raspberries, cassis, new leather, toasted oak, spring flowers. unbelievable how the tannins smoothed out after a few hours - very fine textured with velvety mouthfeel that caresses the palate. rather fresh as well. look forward to trying this again in 5-7 yrs.
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