Lovely aromas, some mossy forest floor, green coffee, menthol, and green herbaceousness. Really kick ass in the mouth, lovely, rich texture and lovely vibrancy. Lots of vibrancy and tannins still present on the finish with plenty of acid. The acid is just crazy. Most of the lovely components are structural as this doesn't have too much fruit, but I don't miss it at all. The texture throughout this wine, particularly what's left on the finish, is wicked awesome. It's just so supple and rich. Far better than the bottle I consumed last year (same source).
A bit of browning. Sweet cherry, vanilla, some honey on the nose. Red fruits, sweet cherries, dried blueberries, honey and vanilla. The bottle benefited from decanting for 20 minutes and continued to improve for 4 hours in glass. Much more to this bottle than one of the others. Old but excellent.
Purchased at auction and the bottle looked far more sketchy than described. Unfortunately this was dead. The corked was saturated and spongy and it had a high shoulders fill. I slow oxygenated this for 7 hours before drinking it, and some of the initial funk blew off, but that was still the dominant nose. Just smelled old and tired. There was hardly any fruit present anywhere and it was just old and musty throughout. Absolutely no vibrancy. Not good. Surely a bad example. I have one more from this lot that I'll crack open sooner rather than later.
Best of the bunch so far. Beautiful crimson without even a tinge of brown at the rim. Cork was moist all the way through but fully intact. Decanted and let sit for 15 minutes. Developed well in the glass over the next 30+ minutes. Floral and vanilla nose that manifested in the first tastes. As it developed, more tart cherries with some sweet chocolate and earth. Eventually some orange and honey. A really nice wine.
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