Pale garnet-brick colour. Still a predominance of primary fruit on the nose, displaying aromas of warm raspberries, black cherries, cinnamon, black pepper, forest floor and a hint of smoked bacon. The palate is incredibly seducing with a full, silken textured body giving complex, spicy fruit layers and medium+ acidity to balance. A medium+ level of ripe, approachable tannins provides structure and age-ability. Rich, opulent, very long lasting. Drink now – 2029. Tasted February 2009.
Idiosyncratic, with mature notes of dried clove, orange peel, coffee, cedar, date and bittersweet cocoa, followed by an iron-driven finish where buried acidity keeps this lengthy. Has plenty of grip in reserve, along with character to burn. Best from 2010 through 2025.
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