Annual CDP tasting (Edina Country Club): Slow o'd for 2 hours. Drank a glass over an hour. Very floral. Great complexity. This had a lot of earth, tar and garrigue. It started out on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Sitting in the glass, it seemed to take on weight with darker fruit, more tar and soy. By the time I had finished it, was on the fuller side of medium-bodied. It was fun to watch this wine change.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Dark red color, no bricking. Slow-O for 2 hours, double decanted for 15 minutes and an additional 30-60 minutes open in bottle. Drank 1+ glass over 3 hours. Ethereal, absolutely incredible, a classically beautiful Clos des Pape nose with an amazing floral perfume, violets, whispy garrigue, pipe tobacco, fine leather,gorgeous red fruits, earth and a dose of funk, on top of asian spice mix and some blood. The palate does not take a backseat here at all, and it has a lot to live up to with this nose; medium bodied, silken texture, dry forest floor, raspberry, dark cherry, pipe tobacco, beef blood, leather, hints of tar, floral, near fully integrated tannins, and a ridiculously long finish. Perfect balance and a totally wow wine in as good a place as one can imagine - just makes me giddy with joy. Should hold for 5 to 10 years. This where I wish we drank all of our CDP's. Unanimous WOTN. 96+pts.
2015 CDP Annual Dinner (Edina Country Club): Very dark. Cherry liquor with funky, floral, lead pencil and, sweet charming, captivating aromas. Many layers with a great, fruitcake, lavender, fire-roasted tomato, and harmonious balance. Delicious. 1 minute finish. Certainly in its drinking window. The group's number 1, by a unanimous vote.
Deeper red than VT 95 drank alongside. Damson , garrigue and old leather on nose. Restrained power on palate , plenty of fruit and earth with long finish. A good contrast with VT which on this occasion was the more elegant but both very good in their own way.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 1995 Chateauneuf du Papes Blindtasted: Group's #3, my #5, 128 pts. - lovely, redolent, earthy, dried cherry nose with a hint of sage; tasty, mature, black fruit, dried cherry palate; long finish 95+ points
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) This has quite a youthful, dense colour. Meaty, red fruit and strange plastic nuances on the nose. On the palate this is structured, dense, and seamlessly put together. Soft tannins and meaty, acetone-laced fruits. I like this wine - but then I did buy a case at the domaine in 1997.
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) A vibrant, bright red-garnet hue, with absolutely no sign of age. The nose is initially dominated by aromas of rubber, although there soon appear pleasing aromas of dark cherry fruits, meat and leather, with some roasted herbs. Full bodied, with firm and dark fruits on the palate, with correct acidity, good tannins and lovely texture. Shows great balance especially towards the endpalate, which has an edge of spice. There's plenty of life in this wine yet. Drink over the next 7-10 years.
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