Fresh crushed raspberries, sour cherry, thyme and iodine. Slightly tart. Good balance yet the tannin's were much more integrated than I would have expected. Short finish. Undoubtedly a well made wine without any technical faults, however this bottle failed to excite me - it lacked depth and interest.
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.
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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