This bottle has been cellared for a few years, waiting the right moment. I pulled it out the other night for a red meat pairing, hoping it would live up to it’s pedigree. Gorgeous purple in the glass with a nose of plums and sawdust. I was intrigued. It then showed cassis and black currants after I swirled the heck out of the glass. Subdued plums and eaucalyptus come out initially on the first taste with some oak on the nose after airing. The tannins are completely melded and there is a clear acidic component. Mouth filling aromas and tastes of plum torte with briar patch and Napa dirt were the strong flavors after a little ‘glass time’. I feel that this wine is nearing it’s peak and will start to fade after 2017 which is a far cry from the 1996 Burgess that I so adore. 89 points for this $50 effort making it a 2 star wine in my books. Don’t get me wrong, it is a delicious wine, yet lacks technical merits to warrant a higher score. Salut….