Pencil shavings on the nose and faint hints of pear on the palate. Mellow tannins. Not much fruit left and the finish isn't overly long. Thinking this is beginning to slide a bit and would suggest drinking up.
Still pretty dark. Opened up with that typical barnyard or funky nose which blew off after a while in the glass. While relatively subdued, red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and a floral note emerged with some decanting. On the palate, this was very elegant and astonishingly sophisticated for what I had originally expected to be more of a bruiser of a wine. Lots of freshness from the lingering acidity. Long finish. I made the mistake of opening the last two bottles 6 years too early.
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(Château de Pibarnon Bandol) Bricking medium red violet color; appealing, ripe cherry, ripe raspberry, tart currant nose; maturing, tart cherry, tart red berry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
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(Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-dark chocolate & cranberry; gorgeous; a little new car leather smell as well; PALATE-very big wine; quite tannic; this wine has "balls"; good structure; lots of dark fruit exploding on the mid-palate (black currants; blackberries, blueberries); then transitions to grainy / earthy tone on the back-end; I like the bitter tannins; a black tea component on the finish as well; the length is quite silky and smooth; get little itsy bitsy blueberries dancing in your mouth and I like it; the flavor profile is exceptional; great length; this is a real stellar effort at $38 bones; this wine trumps many $70-$100 CdP's, Bordeaux's and Cali Cabernets; this is spectacular and well made; will last 7-15 years easy; great with a steak; great wine; WS-95; GV-92+
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