I'm surprised, on the nose, how much this corresponds to a note I wrote in 2008. Like then - a tarry first impression, along with herbs and olive. On the palate, medium to medium heavy in body with many of the same flavors carrying through. Morphs nicely from midpalate to a long finish, showing a good deal of complexity. While not a huge wine in terms of mouth-feel, the flavors are bold with a distinct herbal / olive impression. Continues to evolve in the glass over several hours. Good QPR. In general, evokes an impression of modernistic (big) with a big nod toward tradition (flavors). For my tastes, relative to a reviewer, this reminds me of a CdR not so much (flavor-wise). I'm a poor blind taster, but I think I'd guess "Spanish" on this one even with the challenge of doing it blind.
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While not technically a plethora, I did enjoy the sound of the word so that is the title of our Friday send-off list. All below have perfect provenance and are at the lowest prices I can muster - some of the prices are pretty eye-popping.
Have a good weekend everyone!
- Jon Rimmerman
************************ Friday Focus Wine:
2005 Can Blau "Mas de Can Blau" (Spain) STRICT LIMIT 6/person
Last year's 2004 Mas de Can Blau was a major hit (with Josh Raynolds as well) and the 2005 is even better. This is an extracted, large-scaled wine that is actually good. While I don't typically support wine like this, I think many of you will really enjoy it:
************************** 2006 Domaine de Chenevieres Chablis "Les Grandes Vignes" (Vielles Vignes) EXTREMELY LIMITED
2005 La Chablisienne Chablis "Le Preuses" (BH93) STRICT LIMIT 2/person This is in bottles - please be patient here.
1999 Friggiali Brunello Riserva 3.0lt (GR3) 350.00/1 (very rare bottle of hand-bottled Riserva from the best lot they had in the vintage)
2000 Fontodi Syrah Case Via 1.5lt STRICT LIMIT 2/person
2005 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon "Pedregal Vineyard" 1.5lt (these are in perfect condition and have never sat on a store shelf - ever)