The first bottle that we opened was corked. A second bottle proved quite fresh indeed. This was a surprise as it showed quite well. Still, in the older style. The label was actually in very good shape as well. Purple in color with just a slight bit of bricking at the rime. Clear and bright. The nose has cherry fruit, with a slight bit of funk. With air it becomes a bit more cigar box. On the palate, this is clean and fresh. Certainly mature but nice cherry fruit, just a wisp of tannins with underlying barnyard. The finish is a bit drying. Older wines can be a gamble, mostly due to variations in how well corks allow oxygen to transfer into the bottle. I suspect this bottle is one of the better ones to be found at this point, but of course, that is why we pull the corks. In any event, I still would not cellar this much longer. It will go well with fowl or meat dishes.
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