A great birthday gift from Tina, that I used to Christen SJ awesome present of a spangly Riedel decanter. And a wholly-appropriate wine with which to do so. A complex and very well crafted wine – albeit with a sense of wine-making about it – that represented its Carmenère majority quite well. Opaque, deep ruby core, with a narrow rim showing only a little garnet colour (despite 10 years in-bottle). Complex, pretty intense nose: initially piercing blackcurrant and red cherry fruit but with toast & vanilla notes, followed by clear cocoa powder – Carmenère. Opens into cinnamon, pipe tobacco, mint & anise. Fruit becomes stewed. Sweet, black fruit with layers of dark chocolate, sweet spice & savoury notes. Slight, chalky tannins emerge in the long, aromatic, liquorice finish, but otherwise ripe & silky! Perfect with a Chilpotle chilli sauce then dark, dark chocolate truffles. Lovely!