Our first real "cold" night here in Socal called for a movie & a nice bottle.
The bottle itself was in pristine condition, with a great fill. The top-half of the cork was dry, as expected. The lower-half came out with an easy pull (I should invest in an Ah-So!). There wasn't too much bleeding on the cork.
The initial bottle funk blew away after about 20 min. in the decanter. The nose is soft, but quite a bit of dark fruit accompany notes of tobacco & eucalyptus.
Medium ruby core with a bit of bricking around the rim.
The texture & mouthfeel of this wine is silkier than any wine I've had in recent memory. Tannins are definitely still present, but nicely integrated with a 30 second + finish. This is ready to go, but can easily last for 5-10 more years.