This bottle was popped open at 9:00 am and decanted at 9:00 pm and served immediately. Seemed to be about right although the wine is still youthful. Purple in color. The nose is classic with cassis, tobacco, leather, and slight funk. On the palate, slight tannins. Cassis layered with earthy forest floor/tobacco. great balance. Long finish. Went well with a Roasted Eggplant and mildly spicy peppers casserole. At 26 years from vintage, this might even have a bit of upside. Seemed to be the crowds WOTN but I have had slightly better (more exuberant) bottles of this. nitpicking of course, this was outstanding.
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