Picked up recently from a local retailer for a reasonable tariff. Unknown provenance and not the best year so zero expectations. Popped and poured. Bricky ruby color. Nose slowly evolved through the evening, releasing scents of menthol, fecund soil, black cherry, and must, with late addition of high-pitched florals. One hour in, the palate revealed deep reaches of rich, sweet dark berry notes laced with earth, iron, licorice, and interesting layers of black currant. Tannins quite filed down, with low-to-moderate acidity. Long finish of mulberry, iron, grip, and autumnal sweetness. Absolutely lovely, indicating to this taster at least what can happen if a bottle has enough time to speak with experience.
One of 14 wines experienced at a Back to the Future wine tasting at a Dallas TX steakhouse. Solid wine. Finished around 6th place for me. This was a beautiful, delicate wine that had the coloration almost like a Malbec rose. A very delicate wine. Nose was semi-aromatic - a little fragile and required deep inspiration to get a sense of aged red fruits and an herbal component. This wine is delicate, definitely medium bodied up front. Strawberry and raspberry dominate the front, then moved to a soft well integrated middle that had earth and spice components. The finish revealed a hint of tannin that was soft and still trying to hold this one together. This wine went well with a bacon wrapped asparagus appetizer they were serving. This wine is right in the window to me, and I think it can handle another 4-5 years before it's gone.
Tasted non blind at a professional tasting. The first taste I had must have been from an off bottle as it had virtually no aromatics other then sour woody smells and the palate was similar. However, my second taste from a different bottle was completely different with delicate strawberry and floral nuances on the nose and a similar palate. Medium length finish with some sour cherry and a hint of rubber. Nice acidity. Drink now.
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(Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart) Medium red with pale meniscus; lamb jus, mint and mushroom nose; tasty, surprisingly mature, with sweet red fruit, raspberry, minerality and good acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
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