Yesterday, I finished a bit that was leftover from a tasting two days ago and found this to be quite restrained, almost elegant.
When it was first opened and served there was a bit of a Ben-Gay nose suggesting some VA with black licorice. Savory on the palate with very little fruit although just a hint of something raisin-like. Blind tasting group headed towards a 15-year Grenache, although there were some takers for an older Barolo particularly from a warmer year. Tannins appeared to be remarkably resolved and the wine seems to be more forward and ready to drink at age 11 than many Barolo.
Surprisingly accessible. I was opening this one more as a test on its progress to decide when to open another. Seems I might not have to wait too long.