This took a few hours to open up. Initially very closed nose and bitter but then when it did flesh out, O Wow!
Cork was in ideal condition, felt fresh and indistinguishable from a new cork.
Noticeably light body in the glass with some maroon age indicating color but no considerable bricking.
Nose of dried lavender blossoms and strawberry seeds. There was a strong undercurrent of rusty iron gate. Sometimes lead describes a bloodiness but not here, this was oxidized iron (III).
Initially pretty simple on the palate with a still slightly bitter finish. But after 3 hours of air some really fleshy cherry notes emerged. Almost candied cherry but rather subtle. On the finish, the structure of the Syrah and Mouvedre really shows but also the coolness of the vintage with just a hint of stems. I don't know if that's the whole cluster Grenache or the under ripe Syrah/Mouvedre
The nose evolved into caraway and other cool spices, then the wine really started to freshen up. The acidity picked up and flowers went from dried to fresh herbs, tarragon.
On day 2, no signs of fruit, just leather and garrique.
While a fascinating experience, the wine is in a funny place where the Grenache is in a transition phase and the "structure" grapes still have a bunch of structure. I'm going to hold at least one of my bottles for another 5 years and spread out the rest to see if the tannins soften a bit. Really glad I checked in, but no rush to open more. Maybe Parker is wrong about scoring this vintage a 65/100. ;)
Popped and poured. Classic light ruby with slight browning. On the nose a bit musty which blew off and then a bit restrained but classic VT funk and garrigue. On the palate medium weight with slight tannins on the finish but lovely texture which has smoothed out with time open. A treat to have discovered in the cellar and at or slightly beyond its peak of drinkability.
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