Monthly Tasting Group: CDP's and Southern Rhones (Meritage, St. Paul): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over an hour. This was a bit warm when served, but it still maintained its energy pretty well. I liked the nose with its tangerine and meyer lemons, brisk minerals and light orange blossom notes. The palate had medium body, racy acidity, tangy, good stony minerals, tangerine, meyer lemon, and a very long finish. I didn't really find any oak showing on this tonight either. Impressive, and I suspect even better with a bit more of a chill.
13.4% alcohol. Echoing Rich's note from February 1 -- this is on the richer, fuller side of the spectrum, with a notably dark yellow color for its age. Lovely nose of stone, ripe apples, and spice, with some oak. In the mouth, you're braced for something overblown and ripe, but it's pure and driven, with terrifically bright apple fruit, good spice notes, and strong acidity. Drives through on the finish. A-
Delicious, concentrated aromatics of sweet green apple and hazelnut. Palate is full bodied with round fruit and lush acidity. Intense and persistent across the mid-palate. Full-flavored and on the sweeter side of the spectrum - but not overdone and with good balance and precision of flavor. I'd drink this younger than older -- seems ideal right now.
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