The wine features an attractive bouquet of red and dark berries, plum, kirsch, spice, ash, sous-bois, moss, flint, cured meats, iron, and hints of smoke. Deftly-crafted and harmonious, the wine drinks like it smells, adding a saline element. Medium plus acid, medium tannin, with appealing texture imparting a sense of viscosity, pleasantly gripping, quite long. Great overall balance, no angularities, even the 15 percent abv seemed unobtrusive. By no means a flamboyant blockbuster, this seductive wine shows off the appellation's sleek and stylish side. Remarkably approachable and well integrated, it is probably in an early drinking window. Drink by 2025-2028+.
Dark red towards black; somewhat neutral nose, some licorice and dark berries; lots of flavours and spices, depth, some caramel and dry pronounced tannins in the ending; long aftertaste; probably time will solve/soften the tannins, but already very agreeable
This wine was good, but the 2009 was just as good IMO. I actually echo EVERYTHING that Jeff Leve said about this one.....except the score. The bottle took about 20 minutes before it was even touchable, and I am really not sure that this one is really even ready to drink yet. The 2010 is obviously WAY MORE LOCKED UP than the 2009. Still had heat on the finish. I'm going to lock the other 3 away and see where they are in 2018!
Sweet, smoky, licorice, garrigue, coffee and ripe, jammy berry scents are followed by a full bodied, lush, plush, fleshy wine with depth, concentration, length and character. There is a lot to like about this stylish Chateauneuf du Pape!
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