Original tasting and review : This is Altair Sideral Red, Rapel Valley, Chile, 2003, finished at 14.5% alcohol. It is a blend of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 4% syrah and 2% sangiovese and first sampled 12 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.
In the glass: Deep, muddy magenta, opaque from three-quarters inch in.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright and still brooding purple crushed fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be intense, aromatic and full.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact ruddy purple fruit, big and full and still perfectly fresh even after a dozen years. Big deep purpleness opens up along your cheeks, held nicely aloft by soft tannins and acids. Additional spits of flavor emerge on your tongue and cheek as the sip slowly fades. Stays sleek throughout.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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