This bottle of the superb and prime time 1997 Camartina performed significantly better than the previous one I had. Boasting a deep crimson core the wine offers a lovely aromatic array of fresh mint, burnt tar and led pencil shavings. It is medium to full bodied and deliciously unctuous, indulging the palate with delicately interlaced layers of dark fruit, licorice and rich fruit cake. The finish is long and velvety and there is still a fair amount of well polished silky tannin suggesting more aging potential here. A true beauty to be enjoyed over the next 7 years.
A classic blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese, the 1997 Camartina exhibits a clear garnet core with some amber to the rims. The aromatics are still enticing with lovely notes of black currant, fig and burnt tar. The wine is medium to full bodied and unloads layers of dark berries, tobacco leaf and Indian spice on the palate. However the rich, opulent texture that typically characterizes this is clearly absent. I believe the 1997 was exquisite while still at its prime until two years ago, but it is now in decline. And while the finish is still decent the wine seems to be losing its depth and concentration. Still an enjoyable experience but it requires immediate drinking.
Last bottle. medium red with some bricking. This is still a decent Sang/Bordeaux blend, however it is definitely on the decline. Faint nose and it took an hour+ to come together. Nice approach, with Ok mid, than turned acidic for a medium length tart finish. Well it was a good run while it lasted. Tasted once a year for a number of years.
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