3 hr decant prior to bringing to restaurant. This had great nose right at opening, cab sauv. elements showing mostly, cassis, cedar, tobacco. At restaurant this open immediately well and was very resolved of tannins and had great mouthfeel. Slowing the main varietal sangio. started showing with big dark cherry notes followed the typical cab sauv elements. Great place now.
Needed 30 minutes to show. Has not held up as well as other 1999 bdm ccrs and st wines I have had recently. Probably best 2-3 years ago. Medium body, slight nose, falls off midpallete. To me 1999 was an under appreciated vintage but this wine is not a great example of it.
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(Antinori Tignanello) A vibrant garnet red hue, still with a pink-purple tinge of youth at the rim. The nose is initially closed, but opens up several hours after a vigorous decant. Dense, chewy, plummy fruit on the nose, with the suggestion that there will be plenty of extract on the palate. More complex notes, too, with hints of roasted tomatoes and a perfumed, medicinal quality. Wonderful density of fruit on the palate, with great body and a full, masculine texture. The tannins are apparent from entry onwards, and provide much of the character on the finish. Sufficient acidity. A brilliant wine, with a real presence on the palate.
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