2003 Uvada Merlot
Natural cork in perfect condition. Only 2~3 mm of penetration, but with hard dark granules on the inner surface. Clear ruby, with slight bricking, in color; neck sediment.
Yes, it's aged; stand it up for a few days and/or decant.
Upon opening and initial pour at a cool cellar temperature, rich dark berry fruit and cassis. As it is allowed to warm, the fruit evolves into more of an 'aged wine' aroma; not the leather associated with a CS, just a wine with bottle age.
Very smooth entry showing diminished fruit but well balanced with resolved tannins and enough acid to stand up to not heavy, but medium foods, cheeses, charcuterie, or on it's own.
A pleasant lingering finish.
I've been sipping on this the past few days, and it's held up well under Ar in the fridge.
I was rather wondering if/when it would make it's appearance.
This reminds me somewhat of the 2001 Ty Caton merlot that was found at the 2012 rpm/ww tour Wednesday gathering at the WineFarm digs; one of my first encounters with an aged merlot I really enjoyed.
This is drinking well now. Invite your wineaux over for a taste.
 looking at the specs, nice pedigree for the fruit too.