Consumed over 2 days, note from day 2. Nose: Medium expressiveness, blueberry, cranberry, black dirt, and pine needles. Palate: Medium-full bodied, ripe dark fruit attack, spice and black pepper driven mid-palate kick - good acidic presence, holds up very well thru the mid-palate and builds in intensity thru the back-end. Finish: Lengthy sense of spicy dark fruit, black pepper, and pine needles - drinking really nicely right now.
Served this with lamb, potato gratinee alongside Barroches Signature 2007. Interestingly enough, this is wide open, just oozing of it's region and grapes. Cherries, raspberries get magnified by mild garrigue, and maybe some seaweed and a meaty touch. Fine acidity that makes iot a pleasure with food. Tannins are ripe and more or less resolved. Opulent, but classic and delicious. 91-92. Very interesting to compare to the Barroche which is more restrained, not quite austere, but could still use some more time.
This is a fairly forward, new world styled CDP that's drinking really well tonight after just abit of air. Not notably deep or complex, but very enjoyable with a good qpr. For me, this is in a good place right now, I think I'll drink up my last bottle in the next year or so.
Scents of raspberian cherries flow out of the decanter. They mingle with spice, wet stone, seaweed and a hint of meat. So yes, this is on it's way into the drinking window. It's very classy and elegant with the red fruit, a mild signature garrigue and a very serious minerality. It has some power too and finishes with a twist of licorice and kubebe pepper. Served at around 15 degrees Celsius there is no heat, just warmth. This is beautiful with food, but even better with some serious pecorino for after.
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