Initially - very odd and tight. Odd on the nose and closed on the palate. Almost poured it down the drain, thinking it might be very mildly corked. Left it on the shelf for a couple hours with favorable results.
After a couple hours - a nice bit of menthol overlaying decent Cab fruit. Shows some benefits from cellaring - a mellowing that makes this a treat. That said, for this price this is ok, not great at this point in its life.
Decanted briefly. One of those wines with a great nose and a mediocre palate. The nose has reductive black cherry and black raspberry, eucalyptus, mint and chocolate, like a Thin Mint. But the palate is austere, dry, evolved, and volatile. Will try a long decant next time.
I am big fan of this! Especially with grilled rib eye steak. Deep ruby colour with garnet rim. Nose is developed with dried fruits, pine and some mint and dark plum jam. Smoot and very balaced palate is a delight. Definitely at it's peak when you compare this to 1998 which is still a youngster compared to this one.
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