One to two hour decant. Very dark garnet color. Musty wine cellar aromas. The dark fruit, tobacco and earth is well integrated, but lacks fruit and character. Acidity and strong tannin quite noticeable on a lengthy finish. Hope my next bottle is better.
I am big fan of Montelena wines and have not yet been disappointed. This wine, while not bad, did not quite live up to my expectations. Perhaps we didn't give this enough time in the decanter, but it seemed closed. We will give the rest of the bottles some time.
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