At first it smells reduced. Slightly stinky. Tar with a bit of berries popping through. We had this over the evening and it did show improvement. Fruit is either faded and buried by the oak. The oak really seemed to get in the way. Some citrus elements. We enjoyed this but would say it is not too interesting at this stage. The oak along with a bit of boozy heat were the down sides. All in all a nice value.
Past its prime perhaps, but still very enjoyable. Cherry, plum nose, with some chocolate and earthiness. Taste starts off nice and fruity and balanced. Initially, the finish was a little flat, but after 20 minutes in the glass, it improves a bit. Sorry I didn't drink earlier, but don't throw out your remaining bottles!
This started as an 88 (not the 91 it became), as it evolved nicely. The majority of the previous attributes here on CT hold (the positive ones...heh...), altho' mi esposa thought the finish was short,.eh...for $19, what a treat!
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