Opened and followed half the bottle over two days. I noticed little to no change between the two days. The second half is in a .375ml bottle in the fridge which I will check on in the next day or so.
This was so tight, hard and unyielding it really was difficult to get much pleasure from it. The nose was tough and unwilling to share much, and the palate was a bit empty. Meanwhile the black tea-like tannins were drying on the finish. I’m hoping the second half shows a bit more. My others will sleep until I see more positive notes on its evolution.
I finally got back around to the .375ml today, and man has this opened up significantly since I pulled the cork on Sunday. The nose is much more expressive with lots of meaty red fruit and brown spices. The palate has filled in nicely and, while the tannins are still sturdy, the fruit is now at least offering up enough of itself to act as a decent counterbalance.
This is much more of what I was expecting when I opened this bottle earlier in the week, and a great drink.
Anyone else think the '06 reds are starting to close up just a bit?
Thanks for the update, I really enjoyed it about 6 months ago. But I spoke with a retailer at the time who had tracked it since release and he really thought that it was shutting down. So it does seem like that’s the case.