Deep ruby core, going almost all the way to the rim. Nose has black cherry, raisin, licorice, spice, and (ugh) dark chocolate. Palate followed the nose, but with a meaty aspect to it as well. Ripe and soft tannins. Medium acidity. Finish not particularly long, and bitter (like dark chocolate.) Mildly complex, but as normal, not my cup of tea. My rating due to my perceived "disjointed" aspect of the flavors not working well together tied with the bitter finish. Interesting to see how others might view it. Probably good QPR for those who like this style, but for me, can't wait to get these southern Rhone blends out of my cellar.
Good QPR. A firm wine that rewards decanting and a little rest. Poured the first glass from the bottle and decanted the rest. Softened up and smoothed the back transition into the finish. Drank fine over a couple days. Red fruits, loam, currant. I think it has some room to improve based upon the amount of fruit left.
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