On the first night this wine was very tight, even after 30-60 minutes of air. It was well structured and bold, but I felt that I wasn't getting everything, so I put it away for the night. On night 2 it had opened up, but was too pruny and raisiny for my tastes. I'm disappointed, as I really liked the '06 (that vintage was grenache dominated, whereas this one was syrah dominated).
I love it when I find a bottle I didn't know I had. This is drinking beautifully now. Beautiful, clean fruit, lots of plum and raspberry, with a little leather and a touch of smokiness. Perfect balance. Delicious, with a long, enjoyable finish. Excellent.
14.8% alcohol. Showing a bit more ripeness than a year ago. Black and blue fruit nose, with pepper and earth. In the mouth, slightly hot, with plenty of fruit and a good meaty-peppery edge to the acidity. Warm on the finish. B+
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