Early impression, as I just pulled this and opened for XMAS Eve dinner. Been a while since I drank one of these, this is my last bottle of the '08. Pours moderately dark but not beyond that and I don't see any signs of aging or color change, FWIW. Comes across with grenache playing the main part--a glossy, spicy red fruit and sweet leather note that I enjoy. Just a light level of tannin, even with the minimal air so will be interested to see how that texture changes over the next couple hours. And to acidity, hey, there's a good brushing of it here, which gives a counter to that glossy, red fruit and then some garrigue, under-brush in the finish. With more slow ox time, about 3 hours, this fleshed out pretty well and the red fruit flavors picked up some additional ripeness, shedding some of that glossy texture. It also added some structure on the finish, telling me that the bottle could go for a few more years at least. Noe to re-try today so I'll close this note.
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