Cloudy garnet, brick rim color. Intriguing nose of old leather, dusty cellar, black pepper, tomato vines, plums and blackberries. Still pretty firm in tannin and acidity....little thin, but nice aged Rhone flavors as the nose, some roasted nuts, citrus orange, dried florals....big on the old leather and black pepper...some sweet vanilla tobacco. Holding nicely…drinking well!
A bit of a disappointment, probably 5 years' over the hill. The nose promises a lot being rich, deep and complex; saddle leather, geraniums,dried rose petals and some provencal herbs (especially bay). Disappointing in the mouth: lacks body and is very 2-dimensional, old leather, dusty tobacco boxes and no length to speak of. I shall drink this much younger in future 7 to 10 years.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #8 (my #8) – 89 pts.; 3, 0, 0, 5 - bricked medium red color with pale meniscus; oxidation, VA, mushroom, tobacco nose; better on palate than nose, but very mature, mushroom, tobacco palate with some oxidation and drying medium-plus finish
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