Sometimes, one grabs the wrong bottle by accident from the cellar. Such was the fate of this bottle. This really shouldn't have been opened for ten years, but you know what? It was opened and enjoyed even though young. Inky purple in color. The nose is tight but with some air and some swirling it shows black raspberries, roasted meats, black pepper, baking spices and slight floral (violets?) notes. Firm tannins. It is a bit more accessible on the palate. Delicious black raspberry fruit. Somewhat monolithic but seems to be very deep. Juicy and slightly jammy. Long finish. Will it improve? Yes. Did we enjoy it anyway? Absolutely. Hold for another seven to twelve years and drink for ten to fifteen after that.
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