As soon as I pulled the cork, the aroma of earth and dark cherries filled the room. Decanted for 30 minutes. A brilliant red colour with no sign of bricking at all, looks like a 2-3 year old wine. On the initial taste, I though I had left it in the cellar too long: thin and watery with a hint of blackberry and a touch of acid.
After 20 minutes in the glass, the blackberry was moving to the fore and a good whack of black pepper and body with it. After 45 minutes, the wine exploded into a mouth coating monster of liquorice, dark cherries, and meaty characters with a long, silky smooth finish with dusty tannins. Great balance and very morish. There is still loads of fruit left in it, but it is more in secondary character range. There are years left in this wine, 5 to 10 if I had to guess. Outstanding. 92 pts
Source: Auction Price Range: $32-$48 Closure: Cork