Beautiful nose of "terre", very black fruit, characoal, sandalwood, cedar... taste is sappy "cerises du Nord", crispy red berries, loads of nice and dry tannins, finishing on a superbrefreshing acidity.... Great great wine with roasted steak!!
Gigantic wine with the stuffing to carry it. Not for the AFWE. Had very interesting menthol/anise/butterscotch note that I can only recall having experienced in a CH Astralis. Seems like this wine should last for decades. Big dark fruit and spice notes too. Not easy to pair. Memorable.
As it is now it may not be my favorite style of wine but it is really impressive. Darkly colored with an intense and youthful nose featuring loads of toasty oak, dark fruit, minerals, aniseed, espresso roast, it is also full bodied as expected, a little too sweet for my taste but with intensity, complexity and length. I am not sure how well it goes with food but on its own with small nibbles it is very hedonistic.
Very dark opaq. On day one the nose was oak-dominated with scents of volatility. On day 2 it was fantastic, with dark plums, chocolate, creamy oak, smoke, sweet spice and minerality. Full-bodied with textbook, velvety tannins, rich fruit, balancing (medium to high) acidity ana a medium-long aftertaste. Needs further cellaring or prolonged decanting to express itself. Hedonistic wine.
A deep ruby colored wine that is beautiful, layered, and complex from start to finish. Nose seems a bit closed but shows black fruit, spice, and earth. Palate shows black fruit, sweet spice, a tiny bit of black pepper, espresso, and a rich mid-palate that sings. Finish is long. This is a gorgeously beautiful wine that will develop beautifully over time.
Translucent purple. Striking nose--kind of medicinal, with a lot of licorice and a whiff of alcohol. Rich in the mouth with a black cherry profile, not too extracted. I could see the right food bringing out some nuances.
The wine that just keeps giving. Bottomless pit of black cherry fruit framed by substantial oak. Fortunately, there's a tannic spine to give the package some much needed framework. Another Priorate blockbuster.
Vibrant, focused cherry flavors but very tannic. Tannins are hard and dusty. Not integrated at all. Hopefully this will meld together over time. I will not open one more of these for at least a year, maybe more.
Spain and Portugal at Craftsman: More remnants from the other table that made their way to me. An odd way to finish the night after the port, but this really impressed me. The nose gives an expressive melange of coffee, dark fruit and figs. Almost elegant on the palate with great textures and vibrant fruit and a really nice finish. A beautiful way to finish the night.
No detailed notes. Consumed over two days with a long decant on day one.
I'm a fan of the '05 Salanques. This is better, but not enough to justify the big scores and big price. A serious wine with great focus, texture and sweet fruit, but not enough depth and length to put in the classic range.
Disappointing. The wine has been open for almost five hours, and I keep expecting a miracle, but nothing is giving. The wine is young and closed. Maybe it will improve with age, but right now it is not very exciting. Bright fruit and oak. Hot and tannic.
This is massive yet lovely. Really young though. Does feel hot.
As the night when on the heat seem to ease up a bit and be replaced by that beautiful (to me) combination of high voltage Grenache and French Oak. Kinda like a strawberry jam thing with alchohol. Not integrated, still young, and needing time.
Purchased at Charlie Palmer SCP with dinner. Decanted through a Venturi and then sat for ~ 1 hr. Fruit and dust on the nose. Lots of fruit and graphite on the palate. Very young but not sure I see the 98 pts that the WA sees.