Opened and poured w/o decanting.
Deep black-ruby color, semi-opaque, w/quite a bit of fine sediment. Huge nose of black fruits, mineral overtones, and spicy oak.
Rich, blackberry and black cherry notes, cocoa, and spice on the palate. Tannins have integrated nicely, though still present. Full bodied, extremely well balanced, and a long, long finish. 16% etoh, but not a trace of heat. 97-98 pts.
From TNs I've seen and past M-P shiraz experiences, this wine has morphed from a high-octane fruit bomb to one smooth, lush customer. Will hold another 8-10 yrs. easy, but there's no reason to wait a whole lot longer IMHO. What a treat!