My first time trying this wine made by Russell Bevan. I love Russell's wines but I struggle with this one. Purple to the rim. On the nose, this had that aquarium note that I sometimes find in poorly handled wines. I know this came from an excellent cellar but perhaps along the way somewhere? I tried other glasses and it was consistent. It did blow off a bit with air, but a taste at the end of the night, freshly poured, still had some. There was some cassis underneath but hard to get to. On the palate, its a bit better with coffee, cassis, slight graphite. It also has a tingly acidity. Again, that blew off partially with some. Heat on the finish. Originally, I scored this 90 so, it is not like it is a bad wine. At the same time, this is a $300 bottle. By the end of the evening, it was probably a 92-93 point score. I know little about this wine, so I can't say if this was a proper or typical bottle. Given Russell's track record at Bevan, I am guessing not.