Two half bottles from the list at Troquet. I was concerned this might be over the hill in a split, so I was prepared to change it up for the second bottle; shouldn't have worried!
Color: medium ruby core -> light garnet rim. Intense, fabulous bouquet of leather, anisette, olives, roasted meat, smoke and garrigue. One of those wines you just want to sit and admire the nose for awhile before tasting . . . . And the palate didn't let me down: a strong core of dark fruit with layers of earth and barnyard. Great balance, great body and midpalate with excellent acidity and a medium/long finish. Poised and intense at the same time. Time in hand as well -- I could see this going another 5+ years in a 375 - longer in bigger formats. Aged Syrah? This is definitely what all the fuss is about !
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