Nose/Aroma -Plum with a hint of charred toasted oak.
Palate/Flavors - Very fruit forward. Raspberries and plums that blend into semi-sweet vanilla, all-spice, licorice, and oak. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected and the mid-palate is rather hollow, probably due to age. Nonetheless, the finish is quite persistent, leaving sweet raspberries and vanilla coating the mouth.
Food Pairing - I don't think this wine is at an age where it can stand up well to a truly robust red meat dish. I enjoyed it with a spicy tomato chicken soup, but I think it would work fine with a range of foods since it's a bit past it's prime.
Comments - This is a delicious wine. I wish I would have opened it a year ago because its a bit flabby and seems to have lost a bit of its punch. Still, it has relatively fresh fruit for a wine of its age. I think the phenolic deterioration is the main downfall of this wine, but still quite enjoyable.