From 75cl, screwcap. This badly needed an hour in the decanter: On opening it was almost fizzy, disjointed and artificially acidic. Then suddenly – at 45 minutes after opening – everything came together and it started rolling along as expected. From that point on, see my TN of 18.07.2014, add a supremely silky texture (and hopefully agree with my 91P rating). If you P+P, you will probably be disappointed.
From 75cl screwcap. Stunningly expressive scent: oriental spice bazaar, dark black cherry, inkwell are the basic elements, but the spiralling, ethereal peacock's tail colours are much greater than the sum of the parts. Thereafter the taste is delicious, but merely earth-bound. Very concentrated, nervy, black cherry; high acidity; highly strung. A bit short on the finish. Wonderful now, good for perhaps 2-3 further years. 91(-93)P
Bottle #4 out of a 12 bottle case. Popped and poured - served at room temperature (~18 degrees).
Translucent ruby colored, with good viscosity. Nose of cherries, with some hints of meat - just starting to develop some complexity. Full fruit flavor in the mouth, balanced off with some good acidity and lovely spice on the long finish provided by the soft tannins.
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