Nose of grilled beef gives way to cherry, raspberry, garrigue, and mocha. Intense minerality, smoke, and flavors of raspberry in the mouth. Nice acidity; balanced tannins. Long, lingering, dark finish. Coming into its own and should drink well for 15+ years.
Popped and poured this last night and it showed beautifully. Best bottle of this so far. Surprisingly, it was open for business. Utterly delicious wine. Class Beaucastel with garrigue and a little barnyard funk that blew off after some air. Silky smooth wine with plent of dark purple and red berries on the palate. Long finish. A classic in the making!
Red Wine Tasting Party - Opened an hour before tasting. No decant. Initially, aromas of barnyard funk with hints of dark berries. After swirling and air, the aromas changed to saline like qualities (reminded me of seaweed on the beach). Delicious but still young. Dark red and purple berries. Full bodied and plush. Soft and silky with a long finish! 14.5% alcohol content still shows.
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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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