This was the second of six bottles purchased at release. The first bottle was consumed several years ago and I did not make notes. It was decanted for 30 minutes leaving a fairly large clump of granular crusty sediment. On first pour, the color was a medium crimson with modest bricking at the edge. The aromatics were restrained with secondary aspects most prominent. It was medium in weight with warm subtle mature flavors. It opened up considerably over the next hour with dinner and the last pour left me much more favorably inclined than I had expected. This was not a wine that comes on aggressively. Rather it was more refined and subtle with the primary aspects taking a back seat to mature suggestions of earth, old leather, plum sauce, fall leaves, and spice. It was exceptionally well balanced with tannins that were smooth and well integrated. This is in a very nice place now and could, if well stored drink nicely for 2-3 more years.
Not decanted but opened an hour before pouring, consumed over 1 hour with dinner. Not much fruit left in this bottle, mostly just savory, beefy notes with aspects of something tarry or leathery on the medium finish. Decently structured but resolved enough to drink well, this seemed past its prime to me. 88-89, and I'm not sure this will evolve into anything compelling, so I'd suggesting drinking up in the next year or so.
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