FW-BYOB-HT#2: ¤FW - Undoubtedly a big wine, but for me the alcohol is not yet integrated enough to warrant any high points.
Nose is not at all closed though, with lots of ripe fruit, prunes, apples, almost fermenting fruit. There is some slight of notes here as well, not defects but funky stuff. VA, rubber, potato peels and cardboard. On top of this there is a bunch of very foody, meaty stuff with ginger taking the lead. Complex nose to say the least.
Palate is brimming with fruit, but a decent acidity holds it in place. Full bodied, with a high intensity and good length. But as I said initially there is too much alcohol here, and it rears its ugly face both as a very warm and sweet fruity finish and as a somewhat sticky aroma.
Smell: Fully loaded and expressive even when just opened. Bay leaf, gaeta olive, dried strawberry, red currant jelly, grilled meat, black and red licorice, dried porcini, fruitcake, cocoa.
Taste: Full bodied and curvy, with m/m- acidity, m tannin (soft, ripe and already integrated into the flesh). Great concentration and midpalate density. It is both powerful and finessed, with a long finish that is dominated by raspberry, meat and spice notes. Gorgeous!
This is a big, still quite tannic, tour de force which is somehow approachable even at this very young age. It speaks both to the winemaker and the impressive vintage. The speed at which this case is disappearing is an endorsement as this wine probably has 20+ years ahead to flourish.
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(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Barrel sample - dark ruby color; intriguing, tart cherry, garrigue nose; tasty, tight, tart cherry, tart berry, garrigue, mineral palate with good acidity; needs 7 years; medium-plus finish (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre)
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