Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark red core showing some clarity, dull garnet rim; funk right off the bat, sour cherry, raspberry, bitter, fig paste, slight vanilla, nori; old school on the palate, very tart and sour hard red fruit, cranberry, raspberry, less fig, strong bitter aspirin finish which could be austere for many, hot stone minerality, fresh, great mid-palate, Burgundian; a CdP for CdP purists, love the Grenache, very pure, great transparency; could go 10+ more years and probably improve, 92+.
Needed a bit of time to open up. Still fairly primary and simple with shadings of crushed black pepper and a little dark honey to go along with mostly red and a little darker fruit. Silky and elegant. Ann loved it. I'll wait five plus years before opening another to see if it gains some complexity.
Still tannic and taking >1 hour to open, the peak was complex and exciting but brief, giving way to dryness on the other side. With further bottle ageing the tannins are likely to dissipate but will there be any fruit left? This wine is in a tough spot.
An absolute beautiful wine. I personally didn't decant this long enough, it needed at least 3 hours before really showing itself. Tannins have been shed, leaving floral, strawberry, and scents of tar. This wine is at its prime.
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