Disappointing unfortunately, since I had higher hopes for this. Dense nose, smoke, meat, blood, iron, earth and alcohol. Some port like raisins and figs present, with a touch of herbs too. Palate with dense, sweet and dark fruit, plums, meat and earth. The alcohol is present, making this a bit too hot, and out of balance. Feels extracted and oaky, with too much alcohol present and a bit overly sweet. Better with food. Better on day two, but still not what I was hoping for. Well, you can’t win them all, can you? (86 – 88)
Sour cherries, dried cranberries on the nose, mixed in with lots of black pepper, beef drippings and green olives. Dry tannins, tangy acid, the sour cherry and red currant fruit tastes brisk and the spicy oak is blended in well. I’m enjoying the secondary flavors of green and black pepper, grilled meat and pickles. Long finish with notes of olive. Showing well now, but still plenty of time to go. Mostly Grenache with Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault.
Wonderful nose of fruit and spice which carry through to the palate; soft tannins, long finish, and very well balanced. A slight touch of heat on opening that dissipates rapidly. A total pleasure to drink and at $30 a steal. It should continue drinking nicely over the next four to five years.
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