A winner. Potent but well-integrated oak showing both mocha and vanilla; very ripe, dark fruit that flits between plum, Fig Newton, and prune. There are baking-spice notes, and a touch of fragrance/perfume that helps lift what would otherwise be a very deep-bass aroma. In the mouth it's merely middleweight with a lightly powdery texture, which is impressive given the wine's in-your-face power and concentration. The flavor sort of misses the back part of the palate, but returns with a vengeance for the aftertaste, bound to the taste buds by resilient tannin that leaves the mouth dry long after swallowing. This has a porty character and is allmost too sweet, but shows enough acid to stay on the right side of the line for me.
Took some time to open, decanted and let sit in glass for a half hour after pouring. Full but smooth. Light earthy nose, mineral and tobacco favors. Tannins still present but I think this wine is on the back side of peak.
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