This note departs from what has so far been said. This bottle was in prime condition, high fill, decanted before serving for sediment. Still combines an incredible acidity and fine, integrated tannins. Combines power with grace, as meat, currant, leather, tobacco, and iodine flow out of the glass. Really an experience and will hold for many more years.
This nice looking bottle had a high shoulder fill and a crumbly cork (that came out fine with a lot of TLC). The color was tawny right a the rim, with orange inside that, building to medium red at the center. As one might expect the nose was rather undeveloped at first, showing brown sugar, sour cherry, and some oxidized vinegar notes.
In the mouth the wine was watery. After a half hour, the nose noticably improved to show deep dried cherrys with a hint of almonds and the VA was almost unnoticable. It also improved in the mouth getting noticably thicker and longer. After and two and a half hours the nose was top notch featuring black fruits, cherrys, almonds, and some soil notes. In the mouth the wine was medium bodied with a soft fruity entry, silky texture, and rounded tannin. The balance was superb with lots of flavor that hung in your mouth but it was still light on its feet. A lovely wine at its peak. Drink up!
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