Annual CDP tasting (Edina Country Club): 30 minute decant, drank a glass over about an hour. This drank younger than I expected. I think a 1 or 2 hour decant would have been better. Lighter-bodied, more Burgundy than CDP, nice red fruit, cherry, raspberry. Tannins were more present than anticipated.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Dark red color. Decanted for 30 minutes; drank 1 glass over 3 hours. This was the other wine tonight that I was looking forward to more than any of the others. I've had it rock and be very good. Tonight was very good, but not a rock your world experience, Lovely cedarbox nose upfront, sour cherry, muted nose, tightly coiled, opens more over 90 minutes, some perfume comes forth, a bit of leather. The palate is medium bodied, briary, oak, bright raspberry, some cassis, spicy finish. This was pretty tightly coiled and just willing to really unwind it what I think it ultimately it will be. 92+ to 93pts.
Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour, drunk over 2 days. Dark red core, lightening at rim. Nice complex nose of cherries, garrigue and pepper. Hints of mint come out on day two. Medium-bodied, lush fruit and woodsy/spicy notes on the palate, excellent balance and long smooth finish. Drinking at peak. Still going strong on day two. Should last for another decade. Outstanding.
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(Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape) What a nose! Spice, gravel. stones, paprika, cherries, raspberry, blood orange and on and on . . .Could keep smelling this all day. Ripe and juicy with tremendous concentration. Layers of fruit but a little reserved on the finish. Tannins show themselves on the finish along with a citrus tang. This has so much material in reserve. I would wait 10 years.
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