This is fully mature. While the color is still holding, the quality of the nose and palate is faded. Some work is required to coax the perfumes and flavors (which run to the darker spectrum, with some brett). A simple table wine at this point, with better than expected acidity. 14,0% abv., drink now.
Audozed 2 hours; served non-blind over 2 nights. Suggest a 90 minute aeration in decanter if opening soon.
Better than I had hoped after reading some uninspiring reviews years earlier. Bottle age has definitely smoothed this into a plush, fruit bomb style. Not my favorite Vacqueras, but not shabby, either. The finish a bit short, the alcohol poking out. Ripe red fruits and satiny smooth. Was exactly what I was looking for with my food pairing, but I tire of drinking it on its own. A Kermit Lynch selection, so you can't go too wrong. Glad i held it several years. No real sign of being past prime. I'd say another 2-5 years might be a safe window.
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