Yea...it's a Rayas all right. Love it. Kirsch flavors, herbal, savory. Earthy foggy mist. A touch of wet chewing tobacco. Initially heavy weight but lightened up as it opened. Fresher red berry flavors emerged with the herbal notes still wrapping around it. A bit of incense, licorice, and...and Mmmm...mesquite? Yes, mesquite. A bit of limestone too. Different from all the other CdR. How do they do this? Beautiful bright red color with a hint of tobacco color.
Dayum! Those uplifting red fruit incense notes make my knees weak every time. Pop and poured and didn't budge much during the night or the next day. Green herbs, olives, salted game, ash, and pepper. That gentle Rayas mouthfeel with a long pleasant finish. Not the cheapest cdr, but this doesn't taste like a cdr. Not sure if I want to kill the next bottle right after this note or years down the road.
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(Chateau de Fonsalette Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge) This had an intense nose of kirsch, cherry, cassis and garrigue. Dramatic and very ripe with almost a liquor-like intensity but not quite. Seems a bit backwards but really an astonishing CDR. Layered, complex and impressive freshness.
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