Aerated an hour. Somewhat pale ruby red colour. A bit closed in the beginning. Opened up in the glass. Impressive aromas with lots of mature dark fruits, blackcurrant, warm spices and forest floor. On the palate it followed on with mixed dark berries, dried tomatoes, herbs and mushrooms. Nice concentration and complexity. Perfect acidity and integrated tannins. A very delicate and elegant wine. Paired with duck.
Wine evening in Tobe, Yokohama (Brasserie au Miel): Non-blind. Had immediately and over the evening. Impression: Almost a very good wine. Pale red. Small Smurf-nose (raspberry cordial). Raspberry juice, fine acids, small tannin, watery, watered, no flaws, non-interesting. However, it went well with the boeuf bourguignon (upgraded from 75p) and in time started to display fine tertiary notes of tar (upgraded from 80p) and other fine complexities. (Wife had no mercy with this wine, only a frown.)
Very tight when first opened. Needed about 1/2 -1 hr to start coming out of its shell. Other than a stinky nose, relatively shy. good earth, forest floor, some light greeness, bing cherry, some raspberry. Has some heat on the finish. Ok, but not the greatest. Might get more secondary and tertiary flavors in a couple years.
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