Nice ruby core with a maturing rim. Olives, stones and swampy fruit nose. Ripe Grenache that has a bit of the rubber tire over ripe / over manipulated treatment. Bitter finish - could have been a lot better. (87)
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 1hour --
NOSE: mostly “dark”; clean; ripe; hint of strawberry jam, but the scents were otherwise “dark” and non-descript.
BODY: dark color of medium-deep depth; medium bodied.
TASTE: spicy; moderately bitter; hints of leather and garrigue; lacks focus; might be a bit over-extracted; not a particularly good showing, and maybe this simply isn’t anything better than a “solid-but-boring” wine. I recommend Holding this wine, moreso because it’s not that great now than because I think it has a bright future.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red-purple color. PNP, followed one glass over 2 hours. Subtle earth, lots of anise, dark and brooding fruit on the nose. The palate is primary, big, blackberry, alcohol, spice, oak, pepper. Young, disjointed. This just didn't do much for me and was tough to drink. This is another 2003 that scares me. Maybe with some time this sorts itself out. Impression is low to mid 80's
Kirsch shines through here, it is an intense and powerful wine, just lacking the complexity that one seeks in a mature neuf. 2003 was such a difficult, year, very few people made great wine; a lone bottle from the cellar, I think, I won't go looking for more ... (with B&R)
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(Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet) Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; tart black fruit, berry, blackberry nose; tar, black bruit, tart berry, blackberry palate; medium finish
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