Very good showing! Still very young an primary. Although enjoyable, I think there is more magic in this wine that just needs some time to shine through. Full wine with lovely acidity. Plenty of ripe raspberries, strawberries, and purple plum on the nose and palate. A nice garrigue element with some spice as well. This will surely be an amazing bottle with some more bottle age.
Drank with a fairly strong line-up (an '07 Colgin Syrah and a '95 Diamond Mtn Lokoya) and this held it's own. It's rich and fruit forward, but balanced and has some nice spic, leather, earth characteristics as well. Would generally let it lie for longer or consider a longer decant (we decanted, but drank right away).
Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010 - Check-up on 20 Top names; 5/1/2013-11/29/2013: Dark purple. Discrete nose of licorice, violets, oak, meat, quite closed at the beginning. Full bodied with pronounced high acidity and a bit of alcoholic heat. At the beginning this was difficult to appreciate. After a hour of decanting, things started to fall into place, thank god. The wine became softer and more balanced, showing its potential. Could add a point. Good, but I have expected a bit more given the stellar vintage. I will check in again in 2020. 94+
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(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very dark purple red violet color; tar, roasted black fruit, charcoal nose; tight, cherry, tart berry, dried berry, charcoal palate with good acidity; needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish (30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, plus other permitted varieties) 93+ points
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