As I prepared to enter this note saw my previous one from last year and chuckled - it's very similar! Spicy, savoury cherry aromas and cherry, spice and pepper on the palate. Perhaps a bit short and dry on the finish but a nice overall package. Still no idea where this will be in 2020 or so, but right now Excellent.
Lo and behold: a CDP that doesn't suck. Okay, this does flirt with being over the top but manages to stay on the right side of the line. You can feel the alcohol after a glass but don't taste it while drinking, so that is a plus. Good complexity without veering too far into medicinal. Hardly traditional, but well made nonetheless. At the price paid a very good deal and one that is sure to please many, especially for one glass, as it becomes a bit heavier handed after that.
This everything you want in a*basic* CDP. Gorgeous savory aroma and good meaty, spicy (garriguey?) palate with interesting finish. Lovely drink at present but have no idea how it will age. Right now - Excellent.
91-92pts. Very nice Chateauneuf du pape. Immediately picked up a lot of white pepper followed by venison/jerky on the nose, wrapped in some crushed berries. Soil, smokey, then followed by underlining dark chocolate and raspberry, with some more of that spice mixed in on the finish. Very beautiful creamy texture and finish. A rich wine, good balance of new/old world style. Big fan of this one.
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