12.9% AV. Fill is up into the neck. Cork broke in half and crumbled so had to decant. Very dark crimson color. Subdued but lovely nose of blackberry leaf, licorice, black cherry and graphite. Medium body, with just hints of flavors--blackberry, licorice, tobacco leaf, sage, and minerals--nice complexity. Not so deep but decent length, barely any tannins, lingering, wet finish. A dead ringer for a Pauillac. Very fine.
This was a very enjoyable wine. It was still very dark in appearance. The palate was balanced between the tannins and fruit. All who tasted commented favorably on how "smooth" it was. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this has aged.
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