Decanted for two hours. The 2005 is still very youthful in dark plum color and a bouquet of violets, wet earth, roasted cherries and vanilla. Medium bodied, but hefty on the palate: chestnuts, bittersweet chocolate and currants. Still young, and needed to be decanted. Paired gamely with the big Christmas meal we had of prime rib and lobster tail.
A producer that I am not terribly familiar with, but they produced a wine that screams of formidability in this vintage. Subtle and flirty at first, w/ a nose of exotic blue and purple fruits and hints of intensity reveal a structured, closed, promising palate. There is a textbook sense of tension and balance about the wine which gave me an easy confidence in recommending it,