89 Points

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - CNY Dinner 2013 - Welcoming the Year of the Snake (William & Gina's): A very decent wine, but not great for a Taillepieds from such a strong vintage. The nose was extremely funky on first pour, with tons of earth and leather and spice, backed up by a slightly bloody twang of metallic mineral. Only with quite a bit of time did some black cherry aromas and a whiff of violets emerge from the funk. Thankfully, the palate was a lot more fruity and floral than the nose suggested, with a nice attack of black cherries and blueberries with a hint of violets at the edges. Very fresh and clear, quite pretty in fact, at least until one hits the midpalate, where firmish tannins and more funky earth and woody, peppery spice notes drifted out. The finish was decent, if not exactly long, with a drift of flowers bringing up the rear. All in all, decent, if not exactly delicious. It seems to be drinking okay now, but like quite a few 2002s, I do think it needs some time yet. One to try again in 2-3 years' time.

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