fruit was a bit faded, but this bottle was everything promised by the house. aromas of leather. flavors of ripe red plum, this reminded me most of an older merlot. tannin was fully integrated, and the wine had healthy acidity. some baking spice on the finish. excellent, if not spectacular, and was definitely from a well-preserved bottle.
Translucent chestnut/brick color. Nose of cherry tomatoes, garrigue, shoe polish, braised meats. Fully mature palate of sweet spices. This is an interesting dichotomy- the nose is dark and savory, with the palate tending to be a bit more sweet and lighter-toned. The overall effect is a great, multilayered, concentrated but nimble wine. Should last perhaps another ten years.
Medium red, bricking; heavy sedimentation. Pungent nose, complex and powerful, with spearmint, leather and an animal fur note that some complained about. Smooth on entry, light acids and low tannin. Develops slowly in the mouth, gives cranberry, raspberry, tobacco, anise seed. Good finish, lingering. Bottle #2 of two.
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(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) This is a fairly mature looking, quite pale red wine. Smoky leather and sweet fruit on the nose, leading to a full and rich palate, quite sweet and rich, with peppery fruit. Good although perhaps a touch too prominent acidity. Drying endpalate and finish. Drinking well know but very unlikely to improve. This is a vintage recognised as being rich in Brettanomyces. Drink up!
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