Food: none Duration: 2 hours, from the bottle Condition: perfect fill and perfect cork Aroma: rusty, mushroom, blueberry, some cotton candy, green tea, mint, red date Notes: certainly not a very expressive wine in terms of aroma. Nevertheless this wine is rich and fulfilling, it is pretty warm. This feels like a father bringing his child to go on a merry-go-round, warm and sweet. Not the best vintage and effort from this estate, definitely not my favorite from this estate and it's probably time to drink up, as I don't think it will evolve much further.
A refined lady showed herself from this bottle. Nice and clean, no hint of brett to speak of. Still good tart fruit with some meat juice. So tasty. Showed really well, not sure there's any upside left but a fun bottle to drink...especially if I can get Adrian to enjoy a CDP.
A very nice, mature CDP that balances its fruit with some well-integrated savory characteristics; The bouquet is quite expressive, with tones of dried red fruits, spice and leather; The fruit on the palate is underscored by notes of meat and tobacco, with the tannins beginning to fade; Drink up if you have them
Dinner at The Bristol (Chicago, IL): Welp, I suppose I would have run across a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that I do like at some point or other, and I suppose today is as good a day as any. This doesn't display any animale or funk at all, but is a clean and pristine bottle, showing light red fruit very prominently. A bit of meat as well (as is to be expected, I suppose, but the funk is really dialed down here). This is a fully resolved bottle that should be enjoyed now. Lots of racy acid from the crunchy red fruit. Delicious stuff.
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