This was given an hour in the decanter after decanting for sediment.  Purple/ruby in color.  This took a long time to come around.  In fact, we gave it another hour and then it finally started to open (2 hours total).  The nose is clean with raspberries, garrigue, and black licorice.  What a wonderful texture.  Silky yet plush and almost seamless.  Showing a bit of age, but then with more air it revived even further.  Lots of black and red raspberries, black cherries, lavender and spice.  Deep and tightly layered.  Long finish.  The proverbial last glass was the best.  This bottle was bought on release and well stored.  Other well stored bottles are likely not quite at peak.  In any event, be prepared to give it some air.  This was delicious and will work well with roasted meats, veggies or stews.  

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
97
Vintage: 
2001
Current Price: 
$105.00USD

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