What a stellar nose of ripe red fruit, glycerin, exotic incense, and a little bret on the '08 Pegau. I could just smell this all night though drinking it seems like a good idea as well. A bit of a short ball hitter on the palate lacking vigor and tasting a tad diluted. I remember buying this as a future from the now defunct Premier Cru on University Ave in Berkeley. I think the owner was selling futures he never intended to fulfill so I'm lucky it was ever available to pick up. I digress. Without looking at my previous note on the '08 Pegau I'm guessing my score of 90 tonight is a point or two higher as this has developed some nicely oxidized fruit and tertiary notes. I drank three quarters of a bottle of Las Rocas last night, a garnacha from Calatayud, and the buzz was heavy and foggy while the Pegau is ethereal and somewhat clarifying. Again, I digress. The Pegau is in a sweet spot right now and I don't think it will improve much from here so I recommend enjoying this by Summer, 2018 though I do see now that back in 2013 I stated this would be no good after 2015 which was off the mark. That said I believe in my Summer, 2018 drink by date.
This wine restored my faith for CdP. After being turned off by so many overripe (Parkerized) 2007's and similar, this was a great joy to drink. Have to agree with Ex-Ray notes, but surprisingly (for Pegau) absolutely no Brett notes. This bottle went down easily and quickly with no heat or excessive alcohol. Excellent and a great bargain for $25 from PC
Dark garnet, with just the slightest hint of brown at the edge. Almost opaque. Immediate very pronounced "barnyard" aroma of earth, leather, roasted meat, charred wood, complex. Viscous, mouth-coating flavors of dark berries and plums, a touch of sweetness, but tannin a bit too pronounced. Tannin becomes more evident in the aftertaste, which is long and rich. I think it's probably at its peak, though the tannin may soften further. Wouldn't wait too long, though, so it doesn't start losing fruit and flavor. Ric
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