Wonderful wine. Finally worth opening after waiting all these years. Bought on release and cellared. This was open and decanted for sediment and allowed to breather for an hour or so before trying. Deep ruby in color, purple at the core, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is classic with cassis, pencil lead, tobacco and a hefty amount of earthy funk. Full bodied. On the palate, this is complex and layered but still fresh and vibrant. Cassis with underlying earthiness and a bit of coffee and mushroom. Long finish. Contemplative. This drinks great on its own and will work well with meaty stews. It went great with vegetarian chili as well. At peak now, but this should drink well for another ten to fifteen years.
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