At opening, there were minor smells of plastic and cork which went away after some time in the decanter (packaging was in very good shape and not damaged). The wine however, was what I had been looking forward to drinking for well over a decade. Aged well, earthy and red pitted fruit flavors mingled well and got nicer while oxidizing.
Perfect cork and capsule; fill into neck; clear medium garnet-blood ruby color. Overpowering smell of Band-Aid and barnyard, which I assume is due to Brettanomyces. This only improved marginally after an hour in the decanter. The palate was not as bad, offering some elegant plum and cherry.
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(Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)) A great purple colour with tawny nuances here. The nose, however, seems very youthful, with sweet blackcurrant fruit gum notes, coffee, toffee and smoke. The palate is rich and round, full of rich cassis and pastille fruit. Good supple tannins and balanced acidity. This is extremely good.