Purple with hints of blue in color, this wine shows intense aromas of blackberry fruits, kirsch, blueberry and black licorice. The mouth feel brought juicy, sweet tannins along with spices and anise elements. The finish is still somewhat tight with the black fruits coming out only at the end of a 30 minute decant.
Enjoyed at La Pergola BYOB in Millburn, NJ with my boss (who brought this bottle). It's just beginning to hit it prime drinking window. Decanting still recommended to help alleviate the tightness in the finish.
Decanted for an hour. Limited evolution. The Grenache is obvious in the rasberry / kirsch / liquorice nose; the palate is fresh with very noticeable minerality. The wine does carry a bit of heat on the finish. Fine for a BBQ but not impressive in the round. **(1/2)
To be fair, this wine was coravined about three months ago, but I get big jammy fruits with some black pepper that builds throughout the body, as does the sensation of alcohol that lingers and almost feels like camphor through the nose. What to do with this wine??? It's a pretty good Tuesday night wine but will be well served to those who enjoy big fruit forward wines with overt spices and herbs. To its credit this wine has layers and finishes for nearly a minute, but the balance is off.
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(Château Pesquié Ventoux Terrasses) Group's #2 (my #2) – 47 pts.; 2, 2, 1, 1 - dark purple red violet color; baked berry, lavender, tart black fruit, prune nose; tasty, black pepper, tar, charcoal, very tart black fruit, mineral palate good now but could use 2-plus years; medium-plus finish (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah; 14% alcohol)
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