7th of 12, consistent very good notes, still improving, decanted an hour - deepish red, little development; bouquet of black plums and cherries, touch of pepper, pure, refined; medium bodied, long, pure fresh fruit with depth of fine vintage, balanced, improving, not outclassed by Vieille Julienne, Tempier or Delorme, so impressive for Ventoux. Fine for what it is (17.5/20).
Treated this bottle differently than others I tasted recently (see prevous notes) by pairing it with eggs and garlic rather than meat in order to try to coax out the remaining fruit. Seemed to work. Also found a more interesting mineral nose this time.
Consistent with previous notes. Wine seems to be past its prime in terms of loss of fruit. Will see if any secondary flavors evolve on second day, since there is still a bit of grip in the finish, but am skeptical.
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