Consumed over the course of two days. Old world style. Wine had a good concentration to it, and the tannins seemed to be softening, hence I believe this wine is beginning to enter its early drinking window.
Nose was muted/closed, and the wine lacked the depth and nuances of other CDPs from this vintage.
Did not decant. Notes after 4 hours open. Dark ruby color with a thin garnet rim. Very slow, clear legs. No sediment. The nose has light bursts of primary cassis, plum, cherry, and licorice with lower level floral notes. Around the two hour mark, garden herbs made a welcome addition. The palate is suitably juicy with acidity and balanced with light, rustic tannins. Excellent for a good range of cuisine. Alcohol seems perfectly in check to me, and I'm kinda picky about that. The finish is not super long, but does give up some great extra nuance at the very end. 4+11+16+9 = 90
This comes across as a basic Chateauneuf, unfortunately par in quality to $15 Cotes du Rhone’s. (I paid $30 for this) Cherry juice, blackberries, parsleys, and some other herbs make up the flavor profile. It is simple, medium bodied, and drinkable.
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