Bandols (Trent's): One conclusion from this tasting was 2008 is a weaker vintage in Bandol. The nose is dusty with dark cherries. Very soft texture. Mild tannins. Cherries on the palate. Not much complexity.
Clear, deep garnet. Clean, medium(+)-intensity, developing nose, with aromas of smoke, licorice, earth, tar, leather, black cherry, plum, and anise. Dry on the palate, medium(+) body, medium acid, high tannin, medium(+) intensity, medium(+) alcohol, and flavors of black pepper, licorice, black cherry, dark chocolate, and coffee. Long finish. Very good, too young to drink.
Vigorously double decanted thru aerating funnel. Tannins are surprisingly well behaved. They're there but avoid the clampdown on the finish. Good structure and well delineated but short on fruit. Oddly better on day one than two. Seems like a well crafted wine but nature didn't do her part.
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