A significant (and remarkable) improvement from the previous bottle tasted in 2011. 20+% Petite Sirah provides an impressive backbone to the wine and requires patience with it (i.e., several years of cellaring are optimal). This is a great example of what few years of cellaring do to a good bottle. Upon opening, beautiful nose and lots of pleasant, albeit somewhat raw, cedar. Decanting improved the wine further. After 1.5-2.0 hours of decanting, the hollow mid-palate filled in and became full and expansive; cedar notes became more balanced, with soulful sweetness on the palate (without being cloy). Delicious wine. Wish I had more left in the cellar.
Delicious. After a few hours of air, the wine is a beautiful mouthful of complex, layered dark fruits and some spice with well integrated tannins and a touch of oak. Drinking very well. Like dessert. 93+
Showing so much better than a previous bottle I had in 2010. The extra bit of age made a difference. This is better on the 2nd day; there is more weight and balance and the fruit is more complex. There is so much going on here; very satisfying, especially with the right food.
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