Various tasting notes I found around the interwebs suggested letting the 86 Cos breathe quite a while, so I double decanted it about 45 minutes before dinner. Even so, it was just opening up when we sat down to dinner. Over the course of the next hour, however, it opened up into an interesting wine experience.
It presented as a pretty red-ruby with no brick even at the very edge of the rim. Nice bouquet of cassis, black cherry, cedar, leather, and tobacco.
On the palate, the attack was a bit thin. The mid-palate, however, opened up to offer dark fruits. The tannins have integrated well but are still present in considerable amounts, so they may yet outlast the fruit.
I'm not convinced this wine is going to get a lot better. Indeed, to the contrary, I could see the fruit fading while the tannins persist. It reminds me of some '75s I'm still waiting to come around.
Grade: B+/A- (?)