On the nose: black pepper, olives, black cherries, anise, violets, thyme, and black berries. This wine wasn't so closed as some of the comments here state. I found it to be in a great place, and believe it will get better, but drinking well now.
Decanted and monitored it's progress. Best in hour two of three, showing elegantly restrained fruit, olives, pepper, tobacco and outstanding future potential. Too, am convinced our opening this wine at half time today singlehandedly enabled the Seahawks to beat St. Louis. All is right in the world. ;)
Guy's St Joseph Offline (RSJ, Coin Street, London): Extremely youthful appearance, deep ruby/purple, no rim to speak of. Very youthful nose, ripe black fruit, some spice, touch of florals and black olive. Still quite tannic on the palate but plenty there - needs another 2-3 years to unfurl but potentially excellent **(**).
Decanted for just over two hours before tasting. Dark purple core, pink rim. Way too young, but I couldn’t resist the temptation as I have half a case in stock. Displays a complex, albeit somewhat restrained, bouquet of dark forest berries, pine needles, violets, beef-broth, iron filings, spices and smoke. On the viscous textured and firmly structured palate the fruit is currently lingering in the background, but there's such considerable depth here that I'm quite sure it will flesh out at some point in the future. I would guess this wine needs at least another five years to reach its full potential – at which point it should be sensational (90-94 points).
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(Pierre Gonon St. Joseph) Opaque red violet color; lovely, lifted, white pepper, roasted plum, green peppercorn nose; tasty, medium bodied, tart roasted plum, green peppercorn, tart currant, mineral palate; needs 4 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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