Decanted 3 hours. Soft nose of balsam, tree sap, and dusty cherry. Round and balanced in the mouth with dark red fruits and cherry bark coming through. Medium finish. Wanted to like this more. Everything was where it should be but the volume was turned down too low. Didn't really pop. Good pairing with Provencal short-ribs with olives and orange zest.
Had various experiences with this wine. Old note: Tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry. No dark fruit. Killer nose. High amount of oak, but not much vanilla on nose. Still tannic, but in my wheelhouse. Light finish, chocolate. Palate coating. Evolves when open, becomes more complex. muscular yet seamless. Light coffee and leather? Love it.
I agree what the last to reviews. Upon opening the wine is alcoholic and harsh. After 3.5 h of decanting and serving at slightly chilled temperature, the wine is open for business offering a complex nose of red creamy berries, floral notes, lavender, sweet blackberries, herbes, sneet spices, tobacco, legater and barnyard. The beautiful thing is, that it tastes even better giving the same notes on the palate in perfect balance.
Great wine, that shows why it is important to be patient with the wines from Clos Des Papes. Take for instance the 07 now, which is far from open now, but will be a tremendous pleasure from 2020 and forward.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; nice, focused blackberry, charcoal and bay leaf nose; tasty, rich, but poised, charcoal, ripe black fruit, berry, balanced palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.