OK I couldn't wait until dinner. Popped the cork and decided to decant it for a bit before dinner. My wife and I each had a little taste. Both of us are wine review neophytes.
There were some crystals on the cork, so I wiped out the bottle neck carefully.
This wine is a VERY dark, almost opaque, purplish, burgundy ,PLUM color. It looks like a much older wine, not like I'd expect a 2006 to look.
Me: this is a savory wine, not fruity, I smell tobacco, leather, EARTH, and a hint of cherry pits, tiny bit of alcohol heat but you have to think about it to notice it
wife: PLUM, earthy
consensus: dark, pitted fruits
STRONG early hit on the tip of the tongue with some heat quickly progressing to the sides with acidity. Tannins hit hard and early. Kind of a short finish, or maybe it's just a subtle finish that is really smooth. The tannin dry feeling on my tongue doesn't last uncomfortably long at all.
It tastes like it smells, very earthy, not very fruity except for DARK, PITTED fruit.
NONE of this is harsh at all. Overall impression is SMOOOOOOOTH and ELEGANT and COMPLEX. The only time I notice any alcohol heat is right at the beginning and then it's gone.
This is a VERY complex wine, especially for a youngish varietal. I'm impressed. For a wine this young to be this complex and smoooooth right out of the bottle is rare.
This is delicious wine. I'm very much looking forward to having it with dinner: grilled filet mignon and some fresh home made pesto pasta.
I just decanted it. More later.