This wine was labelled to drink by 2009, 5 yrs ago, so we reduced it and used it to make a fresh poached pear wine sauce. Would be great with either clotted cream ( because of the silkiness of the reduction) or creme fraiche, depending on tastes.
Complex later stage of a big wine. If blackberry jam became a fortified wine or port this is what it would taste like. Tannins have subsided and overall this is pretty mellow for such a powerful wine. It has held up well, and keeps my pallet's interest. Best on its own or with appetizers or deserts - or as an after dinner wine. Enjoyed it on a cold winter night by the fire which may be the perfect setting. Additional characteristics: Dark red. Aroma of fig, and raisin. Flavors of raisin, fig, and black currant (cassis). Very full bodied. Thick, leathery texture. Short finish for such a rich wine.
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