Nose: Strong nose of tobacco, tar and mint when it was first opened but evolved into pleasant, perfumy aromas of ripe black berries, dark cherries, with an underlying note of leather, oak, vanilla and an almost subtle barnyard aroma.
Palate: High acidity masked by the ripeness of the fruit and the strong but not overly powering tannins. Taste of ripe black fruit, liquorice with a nice long cedar finish. Could have mistaken this for a relatively young bordeaux if it was a blind tasting.
Comments: Wasn’t too impressive when it was first opened. But it turned very very smooth after it was decanted for 3 hours. Paired nicely with some tallegio, morbier, fontina, and black forest ham. Drinking well and should be able to hold for another 5-10 years.