Blind Wines @ Salil's (Vernon, CT): Tart, lean and racy with a light herbal streak to accompany the high toned cherry fruit. Stoney and steely. I think I enjoyed this more than most, but it was a bit austere and needed food.
TTTG Blind (Vernon): Very different experience from my last bottle two years ago. Quite herbal and red-fruited on the nose, though something I couldn't identify seemed a bit off (not faulty). Reasonable balance, but not a lot of enjoyment. Not sure if this wasn't a representative bottle or these are just not aging gracefully.
CT Tasting Group (Salil's): Served Blind - Candied red fruit on the nose and palate. Fruit is well concentrated and high-toned but a little short on depth. Medium tannins and a very fresh medium finish. Good
Third Thursday blind tasting group at my place (Vernon, CT): I'm not sure if this was just a bad time to open a bottle or whether I just like these a lot better when young, but this was pretty hard and angular and not as enjoyable as it was on release. The fruit feels a lot leaner and a touch astringent, but there isn't much in the way of development here, and the finish feels a touch hollow.
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(Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette) Dark cherry red color; appealing, floral, mineral, loam nose; tasty, tight yet, tart red fruit, loam, mineral palate with medium acidity; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points
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