A great reunion in Prescott, AZ, with friends George and Jim, both who appreciate great wine. The nose on this wine was a Chateauneuf du Pape in the more traditional sense. I last indicated on this wine on 4-2-2015: "The tannins seem more resolved and not quite as intense as in prior tastings. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, blackberry, sweet tobacco, hints of licorice, herbs, spice and cigar box. As before, big, rich and full bodied. Good structure. A long and almost jammy finish. Paired well with a locally (AZ) grown organic chicken. Drinking nice now." The wine was decanted.
Nice CDP, easy drinking. Went well with flank steak but overall nothing special. Well balanced, good weight, but nose and palate were a bit restrained. Drink sooner rather than later, as fruit already seems to be fading and no secondary characteristics are forming.
This wine was opened about an hour before drinking. The wine was showing a lot of secondary flavors of graphite, earth and mushrooms while the fruit was there but a bit muted. Don't think there is any rush too drink these.
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