Opened and decanted. On opening and with some parma ham on breadsticks and Westcombe cheddar, this reminds me a lot of a 2004 Rioja Alta Ardanza: a little farmyardy, smokey, obvious oak with dill and spice. This is quite smooth and creamy though, moreso than the Rioja. Tannin seems integrated but oak is still on obvious side. Some nice very subtle gaminess to this. Quite gravelly too, almost a flinty spark to it. Over an hour later and a steak & ale pie really tames this: lovely, sweet vanilla and coconut, smooth, velvety, classy. After the oak comes back again and I do wonder if this wine is too much about the oak but nonetheless very enjoyable.
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