Nice plum and dark fruit flavors on both the nose and palate with a medium to long finish. Did a compare and contrast with a 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape and did quite well and both wines went nicely with the roast pork loin with sage and fontina stuffing wrapped in prosciutto and apple compote.
The 88 is from day 3 (opened Friday and drank Monday)- this wine needs some time- but IMHO will never been great and an okay QPR @ $30+. Wine is a tad sweet and ok fruit- very syrah driven- cool weather syrah. Alc still coming through. Some dark berries and spice on the finish with a medium finish. On Friday the wine was a mess and too sweet. Glad to try, but money could be better spent else where. Drank better alone than with food. Overall good- but expected more.
A fruit forward, new world style Rhone style blend. A very good wine on it's own or with lots of meaty food. Deep purple with aromas of black berries, plum, chocolate and cedar. Full bodied mouthfeel, decent balance, slightly higher alcohol to acid balance but the tannins keep it in check. Voluptuous and sexy wine! May or may not age well, too early to know but without the acid it might get flabby after five or so years. Very enjoyable by itself and with some cheese and bread.
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