Way too early to open even at 9 years of age. Really wound up tight with rough tannins right from the start. Mouth puckering finish. Very dark color with dark ripe fruit, iodine, sage, earth and tar notes. I like it but 6 hours of air still was not enough for this to unwind.
Camphor and lemon citrus on the nose; on the palate, dark fruit, iodine, leather, and touches of anise and black pepper. The mouthfeel is almost oily, and the wine is nicely balanced, although I prefer slightly more acidity. This is open for business, but it can certainly go for several years more. At $22, this was a real bargain. I may look into picking up some of the 2010. Edit: This was equally good on the second day. I believe this has just entered its peak and will hold on for quite a while.
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(Guigal Gigondas) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-heavy black & white pepper explosion; some black currant & boysenberry; PALATE-very one dimensional; tasting lots of bitter tannins (although this is young); not bad; but tight; some rose petal; some boysenberry; but no mid-palate and the finish is weird and awkward; the tannins are very dark; some dark chocolate; but quite unfocused and just not delicious; RP-91/93; GV-85
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