Again a Maurodos proves to be something very special and tonight was no exception. Glass staining dark violet with slow legs, the nose was gorgeous in a very subtle and elegant way, with dark berries, cocoa and chalk. The first sip was almost perplexing as it showed very little front palate but exploded on mid & back palate with tannin wrapped lavender and dark berries and lots of acid. After a decant and time in glass it smoothed out considerably and it delivered across the palate and was so elegant despite its power and strength against a steak. This was not the fruity high alcohol mess these wines get a rap for, nor over oaked. It had everything I could want in a wine where you drink it and sigh in relief and delight that all is well.