Opened as a back-up to an unfortunately tired wine (even from magnum), this is a really cracking wine. It has a pleasantly translucent garnet colour showing substantial evolution. Nicely secondary on the nose with hints of cedar, tobacco, and dusty church vestry - I honestly can't detect any fruit on the nose. This has a lovely weight on the palate and we're past the fruit phase here too with cedary, tobacco-y flavors and a hint of orange stem at the finish. The typical acidity is there. There are still just a few late-arriving tannins, but they are soft and almost fully resolved. There is beautiful persistence on the finish. Such a lovely wine and surprisingly evolved for the magnum format. I have no idea whether this bottle is typical of the vintage as it's a one-off. This will hold for a decent period but I'm not sure it's a wine for the very long haul as some Ardanzas have been. **** Postscript: over the course of the evening and with air the wine seemed to gain slightly in weight, but I still felt that this was in a really lovely place for drinking now.