This was a great bottle that we opened tonight for our anniversary, and has been stored perfectly throughout the years. The cork was soaked about 3/4 of the way through, and came out in 2 large pieces thankfully. No decanting at all for sediment as it looked clean, so popped and poured into the glass.
The slightest bit of bricking in the glass, with just a hint of brett. An amazing nose, full of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, prune, earth, cigar box, and mushroom. If only the palate was as fruity, this would be the sleeper of sleepers.
In the glass, the first 1/2 hour still showed a sleepy and dusty wine, but as this wine warmed up in the glass, the complexity started to show. Sure, this wine is tired, and definitely on the down slope, but it still is very tasty. Hints of blackberry and currants on the palate, with hints of blueberry and slate as well. A nice lingering finish make this wine worthy of 94 points. Would love to enjoy this again, and it was a true treat at Acacia in Lawrenceville on our anniversary! Love the NJ BYO's!