Decanted 2 1/2 hrs prior to the meal. Surprisingly little sediment with a crystal clear dark ruby color. Initial leather and dark fruit softening with a bold, yet remarkably fine finish. I did not experience the astringency others have commented on until the final few sips easily another hour into the meal. After 40 years, 22 of them in my personal cellar, this wine still had the power and vigor one expects with subtle and delicate secondary and tertiary flavors which one hopes for. I suspect this vintage has at least another 10 good years.
Base neck/Top shoulder fill, with cork stained 1/2 way. Deanted 90 minutes and probalby hit its stride around the 2 hour mark. Brownish bricking red. This had notes of scorched earth, sweat, and creme brulee on the nose. Dark fruit on the palate, with some caramel and leather. As it gets more air, the tannins become a bit more astringent on the finish. Very good, maybe not as good as other scores would suggest, but very good. A-
Controversial at the table due to some astringency on the finish which increased as the wine sat in the glass. But alternative sips yielded a beautiful, finely complex wine with wonderful smoky dark fruits along with truffles, roasted game and coffee notes. The finish is finely complex. This is a gorgeous Unico but the astringency is a concern going forward. Perhaps not the right food pairing?
Reasonable nose with strong pepper on the nose and red fruit notes. A surprisingly weak palate with an astringent finish. I liked this less than others primarily due to the harshness of the finish. Given the higher opinion of some others, deserving of additional chances to account for the potential of bottle condition or food pairing skewing this evening's performance.
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