I didn't draw a whole lot of complexity from this. It just didn't blow my mind. Maybe the expectations were raised a bit too high. I didn't like it extravagantly more than the 16, although it does have a much healthier kick of sherry that I happily welcome. The palate does do a very good job at balancing phenols with sherry. I get some blood red oranges. The finish is a delight, pretty lip smacking. As I reminisce, reading my notes, I do remember it more fondly now...but it's true: it does not compare to the 2007 21.
My thoughts are covered more or less in the other reviews, but this has a nice amber color with a good mix of smoke and shery. Really like this one, but not enough to push it into elite category. B+/A- [1/4/13]