Rich dark sweet blackberries and sage spice. Smooth and creamy dense texture with enough structure to keep it well balanced. This bottle was quite good, but just a bit more advanced then I would expect as fruit was just slightly muted.
Cork in perfect condition. No "seep" up the sides at all. Base was black as ink. Wine color was lighter than that, but still a very dark ruby red. Very, very slight bricking around the edges. Initial nose of vanilla, cocoa and chocolate. Straight out of the bottle, the first glass was definitely more open than prior bottle 3 years ago. Palate still lots of tannin, but with very nice structure and mouthfeel. A bit more forward palate than expected. Mouthcoating with a long palate. 2nd glass really started to show lots of dark berry fruit, like a fruit cobbler with carmalized sugar on top. Blueberry, blackberry, coffee on the nose and palate.
vanilla, oxidised and, I think, a slight corked note is beginning to come through. I've had this tapped via Coravin since New Years Eve. Not sure if that has had any effect. Some cherry, berry and blackcurrant, spice. it's juicy, fresh but a bit tired and meh for me. Finishes a little sour and bitter. Hmm.
91 points, but not sure. Was it me or the wine? This didn't seem like the same wine I gave 96 points to 2 years ago. First night seemed thin, acidic and just nothing special. Maybe my tongue was coated with something. Two nights later (under pump) much more substantial, but still not what I would call a mid-90s wine. Must have been me.
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