Lots of sediment. Nose is rich, spicy, smoky, and peppery, with notes of black cherry, violet, anise, balsamic vinegar, jalapeno, and freshly ground black pepper.
The palate is light-bodied, but full of sweet, sticky fruit: blackberry, black cherry, fennel, garlic, and a touch of raspberry. There is a hint of balsamic vinegar, and the structure seems to be gently unravelling; it's likely about to fall off a cliff, but right now it's fresh, vibrant, and very drinkable. Considering the price and age of this wine, I didn't have high hopes, but I was pleasantly surprised.
(Justina's new Kitchen) Dark garnet, ample sediments. Sweet nose of fresh tobacco and cigar box, mulberries and some stewed berries, showing mint and winter spices (cinammon, allspice, nutmeg). On the palate, bright acidity is most pronounced, giving way to loamy earth, yet more stewed berries, sweet tobacco and wood smoke. Savory chilli chocolate, musky cupboards, hint of camphor, fresh asphalt, and yet more faded fruits. Certainly a powerful wine, this has cellared well showing some structure and complexity developing with some time in the glass, with poised fine tannins, but ending short on a somewhat vacant, empty finish. I would say the nose was much more eloquent than its taste, and the finish seems interrupted, although one doesn't notice as much with food.
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