Like a nice Rhone that's had a few years in a quiet cellar, this wine has FINALLY settled down into nice middle aged mellowness.
Its smooth, savory, full of "garigue" - ness (is that even a word??) with smooth tannins and dark fruits nicely integrated and balanced, a nice steak of acidity keeping it real (and not overly leaden, slow, dull and plodding although with 14.2% alcohol tomorrow may bring another side to this beast.....). Deft use of oak (thank you!!).
All in all, a nice Rhone wine made by a most excellent producer in a new world style with the utmost respect for old world traditions....
For those of you still holding this (according to cellar tracker there are still some 110+ bottles in cellars out there) you can confidently start to open and drink and you will not be disappointed. I don't think this is going to get any better but its at a place/plateau that is long and flat so its not going to fall apart anytime soon either.
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