and the third time it was different! Prior tastes indicated a wine that needs time. My only revervations were that the alchohol dominated the black fruit, anise and smoke flavors; and the sweet oak only reinforced the simple sweetness of the alchohol. On each occasion there was plenty of opaque, purple/red color. The third time, after decanting, there was more of that lamb-vineyard olive-flavor (that I crave). There was enough red fruit to keep it interesting, but the balance of fruit impressions was still one of smoky plum and liquorice. Overall the third sample gave an impression of more solid concentration as well as the unique balance of flavors that I've come to expect from this bottling. 96 POINTS. 1-6-2001
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