Small taste at a dinner. Nose was nice with lots of olives, plums, and earth. The palate had mixed berries, with lots of olives, smoke, and pepper. Was served a little later than the other wines, so might not of had the same initial impact after some of the bigger wines.
Urban Butcher (Urban Butcher - Silver Spring, Maryland): Decanted, and it needed it. Plum cake, currants, green olives and some herbal notes came out with time. Full-bodied, quite tannic, medium acid, the wine was tight at first but became surprisingly approachable and even delicate after an hour or so. Chewy black and red berry fruit topped with olives, grilled herbs, smoke and roasted chestnut. Complex and long. A great showing, but this wine has plenty of time left and a lot of complexity buried within.
Pnp'd. Seemed old at first, minimal fruit, lighter weight, but then with 30 min or more of air it put on weight and the fruit became evident. It got so much better as we let it sit and later poured more. Soft, delicious fruit; ready now with a decant.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Medium dark red violet color with pale meniscus; high pitched, rich cherry, berry, licorice nose; tasty, youthful, rich, cherry, garrigue, licorice palate; medium-plus finish