Wow, did this bottle exceed expectations (and they were pretty high). It really grabs one's attention. Though still on the young side, it is drinking great. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is big with black raspberries, roasted meats, slight clove, plums and just a bit of graphite. Full bodied. Rich texture. Deep and complex. Juicy acidity. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying roasted meats and herbs. Long finish. This seems like it is closing in on peak. Not sure if it gets better but should easily do another ten years at this level. Whether to open or hold is more a question of how you like your wines. No wrong decisions. It will work well with roasts and grilled foods but also consider Indian cuisine.
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