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  • Two hour decant. Very very deep dark intense magenta color. Ripe blackberry, wild strawberry, dark chocolate truffle, marshmallow root, and subtle black walnut. Super smooth and very dry palate, with superfine, lingering acidity. Full, lower intensity tannins on the longish finish.

    This was a very nice surprise. It’s very refined for its youth. My wife would have given a higher score than I did. Hard to believe this will be even better in a year or two. Few wines have been this enjoyable at this price point.

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  • Decided to take an early run on this one from a 375ml to test the VM98. Yes it’s way too early. Initial nose of smoke, vanilla cream pie. Fine tannins on a muted palate, vanilla bean, lovely texture and mouthfeel, inky/glycerin-like, just not much there. This ‘looks and feels’ like quality juice.

    After a shake decant and air in bottle for 45 min, no improvement, another shake decant and an additional 60 min and still nothing.

    Recorked half the 375 and try again.

    Day 2 eliminated the vanilla but the fruit is still locked in tight, ever so faint hint of red cherry, but the structure is now apparent. Maybe day 3 will bring something.

    Day 3 calmed this thing down from a discombobulated mess into something more orderly, but still not giving much. Agree on the hold for for several years.

    Try again no earlier than 2027 and I think 2029 brings more to the table.

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