Fun wine that I opened to accompany pizza and some other snacks for the second night f the sweet 16 Friday edition. Sweet florals emerge from the glass after letting sit for a half and hour. Swirling brings up the red fruit, soil, a touch of provencal herbs, and some green notes but the red fruit is very ripe. a touch of the higher abv, but nice nose. On the palate it is red cherries, red currants, spicy acidity with a touch of baking spices from a touch of oak, which, I should say, were still in my bottle which I decanted and, was surprised to see oak pieces, about 2-3cm in length, and very unpleasant to see come out in a plop into the decanter. I actually had to pour into a second decanter as these were big scraps of long but thin oak. They did leave a nice vanilla smell with the red berries, but if this fell into your glass you would be pretty upset. I was very surprised, not knowing if this was the bottom of the barrel or pieces in stainless. Either way it actually improves the nose and palate, just watch out when decanting.
Overall this was very pleasant with the spice and berries. I don't see this going many places other than where this is now. It should hold a while but I wouldn't hold past 2019. Enjoyed. Great CT secret sant gift from 2013.
Drinking very well right now. Drunk over two nights. A food wine, has nice balance and fruit to accompany red sauce pasta, tapas, etc. Excellent with food. Drinks fine bit less well alone as the alcohol becomes apparent and detracts a bit. I do not think this will integrate further, so will drink up.
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