Garnet rim, cherry nose with some tertiary tobacco notes. Finish was relatively short, the tannins fully resolved. This wine is analogous to an elderly gentleman who never realized the potential he held in his youth.
Still very nice, but I would begin to plot the drinking session for any more bottles that you have. You have some time, but I am guessing that it has begun the downhill journey. If you want to enjoy it with food, plot now - otherwise it is an exceptional drinking wine.
Still youthfull looking. Nice currant and red/black cherry fruit. Very rich mouthfeel with a hint of chocolate on the finish. They don't make them like this for $18 a bottle anymore. Drinking beautifully now. Mature but not at all over-the-hill.
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