Bottle, fill and cork all good. The wine was dark red with plenty of muscle, but not at all attractive. This had a sour boullion character that would not blow off. I suppose this bottle was flawed and not representative.
Medium red-garnet, much bricking, heavy sedimentation. Earthy and fully mature nose, principally leather and mixed garrigue with modest raspberry. On entry, lively acidity (surprising for such a warm dry harvest and strict selection) and low tannin support beef broth and green peppercorn flavors. Not much fruit in the tangy finish, but the finish is where this wine shines today. Drink now, this bottle is far more mature than the one from a year ago. Bottle #9 of twelve.
Rhone Night (Zeffir, Dunlop Street): An interesting wine. Decent, not great, but certainly very interesting. The nose was rather sauvage at first, with sweaty horse saddles, gym socks and wet earth at the fore and touches of boiled herbs and black fruit taking up the rear. That threw me off a bit - really one for the Brett lovers here. The palate, on the other hand, was very nice. Bright, energetic, lively, this had pure notes of dark cherries at the fore this time, with the more savoury notes of wet fur, meat and leather hanging in the background. I thought the wine just lacked a bit of depth so that acidity stuck out like bare bones in the midst of a skinnny midpalate. However, with food, the edginess did go down and the fruit plumped up ever so slightly. I still got a feeling that the wine had seem better days though, and the finish backed that up by dissipating after a short show of spice. Overall, a nice wine with lots of character, but perhaps just a bit tired.
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