This is a big, savoury wine with great character. There are notes of leather, baked earth, blood plum, cassis and dried flowers. It has monumental structure but fruit weight that is commensurate with it. It is a powerful wine yet multifaceted and totally engaging.
Dense, deep, dark and surly but unfurls nicely after you work plenty of air into it. The nose has some smoke, tar, leather, meat, earth, gravel and dark fruits. It is concentrated in the mouth with plenty of savoury nuance. Flavours build through the palate and you get a touch of black olive saltiness that works nicely with the dark fruit flavour profile. the finish is carried by sweet tannins. It is drinking really well but still has plenty in the tank.
The best bottle of this I have had, and just starting to come into its own. Fabulous classic N Rhone flavors. Huge tobacco, BBQ brisket, cherry, and stone. Fantastic purfume. Meat, earth, and spice. Seamless transition to palate and huge length. Sweet dark berry and plum. Strong balance and minerality. Has upside. Great bottle.
Easter dinner was in full swing so I don't have much for notes on this wine other than to say it is coming along nicely. The flavors are impressively clean and powerful. I personally like where this is at with some air time, but I think it will continue to develop for years to come.
Whenever I am told to keep my hands off a bottle to let it age, the first thing I do is go and open that bottle. I like to understand how critics score wine with the understanding of where it is and where it will go. No surprise here, this wine needs to sleep for a while. After an 8 hour decant, the wine seemed to be in a nice place, but nowhere near where it will be in the decades to come. Better off allowing this bottle to age naturally as opposed to throwing it into the decanter and trying to fast forward the clock. Will be exceptional in 10-20 years.
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