Friday, February 22, 2013 - at Charleston Grill Restaurant
Tasted in stages to give impressions as the wine evolved over about 2 hours.
1. Nose shows fresh earthiness with some meaty consomme aromas. A little creamy on the palate but still with sufficient acidity. The beefy taste is obvious on first taste; it is a flavor I generally associate with Prieur.
2. Acids are still there but the fruit has turned really sweet. Bright, fresh red cherry with a little candied note. The wife says, "this is just happiness in a glass."
3. Cèpes, forest floor, maybe a little Hen of the Woods. My favorite stage of the evening.
4. Strangely, a little heat on the nose. The balance is a little off. It seems a bit dark and brooding, then it seems bright and exuberant.
5. Now it has gone rustic--we said it at the same time. Earthy and herbaceous with really silky tannins. The finish shows a little RC Cola but without the expected sweetness. Very little sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Overall a worthwhile gamble.