TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This also shows incredible well. The best bottle of the 03 Clos des Papes I had. More red fruit driven compare to the 03 Pegau, intense ripe sweet red fruits, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, rare steak, animal and earth. Exceptional concentration, intense jammy red fruit driven palate impression, nicely layered fruits, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and lovely long finish. This also needs another decade but is already quite enjoyable.
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.
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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.