Weekly tasting group #152; Tour de France (@ BD): In the bouquet ripe red berry fruits, minerals, metal, pepper and sage. Same on the palate. Juicy fruits, salty licorice and bacon, a firm dose of acidity and also some sweetness. Round and juicy tannin. Maturity stage now and no problem cellaring this for a few more years. 87 - 88
We have had bottles of prior vintages which have been very good, and they benefit from aging a tad. We also love the brand...everything they make, this one was just mediocre. This 50-50 Grenache-Syrah blend was fruity, just not a lot of true varietal character. Don't believe this was old, it just wasn't that good. We normally love good Rhone-style blends from France, USA, Australia.
Raspberry fruits of Shiraz, Grenache cherry spice with herbal savoury aromas. Chalky dry tannins typical of D'Arenbergs style, leaving an assertive finish that carries a little heat and intensity on the sharp side.
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