Dusty nose of sweet wood, stewed plums, pipe tobacco, dark currants, with hint of iodine, more milk than dark chocolate, with a slight bit of heat. Lovely palate of sweet dark fruits, dark cherries, with a nice hint of chocolate. Not very fruit forward (notwithstanding my description!). There is some nice balance here, with medium acidity. Tannins are mostly resolved. Finish is medium, with that nice sweet dark fruit. This is drinking quite nicely now. It will be good for the next few years I would guess. Not sure about longer.
Add: 2 days later still drinking nicely. Not amazingly complex, but the heat is reduced and the fruit is still nice and not overpowering.
nose: sweet tobacco, new leather, slight stewed plum. very nice and interesting palate follows nose with nice flavor profile and very nice length and finish. This bottle was lovely and had some life to it. Would buy again.
nose was indicating this wine was past prime. very oxidative and stewed fruit aromas. palate was somewhat surprising with brown sugar, cinnamon, earth, and some very nice secondary flavors. decent finish. definitely on the decline but not dead yet. Drink up.
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