From a 375. This was a little tired; not quite OTH, but there is no sense holding on to these longer, at least in this format. Still plenty of fruit, but of the dried variety. Leather, cedar. With carne azada.
Blind you would think mature Bordeaux. Cedar, leather, but still good fruit and gripping tannins. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cab Franc, 11.9% ABV. Just delicious. Draper's notes had the prime drinking window from 1993 -1998, so this is a tad beyond, and maybe, probably, this was brighter 10 years ago. But for mature Bdx lovers, this was a real treat. On top of it, this was from a 375 ml. .so if you have a 750 ml or a mag, don't miss this one now.
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