Popped and poured a glass, some heat and spice at first, fruits underneath but not showing much. After about 1 hour, still quite a bit of heat and not yet balanced, will finish the 2nd glass and try again tmw.
2nd day: palate became smoother but nose dropped, this is it??
Day 3: No way, this thing came back alive and everything improved, wow! add 2 pts!
– popped and poured – – tasted non-blind over 2 days –
NOSE: plum; savory herbs; a bit grapey, with some peppery spice. Day 2: still has very “dark” aromas, as it did on Day 1; new “pine needles” note, otherwise the same, if not a bit more open, as on Day 1.
BODY: lots of fine particulate matter – there was a little sediment in the bottle; medium bodied; garnet-purple color of medium-deep depth.
TASTE: very nice So. Rhone typicity here; purple fruits; very well-balanced - doesn’t come across as alcoholic; hints of cement-like minerality, incense, and cigar wrapper provide complexity. Finish is approx. 30-40 sec. in length. I thought this drank a bit better on Day 2 than it did on Day 1 (seemed a bit sexier and more outgoing on Day 2). This was last bottle of 5 ... so long, good friend ... it was nice knowin’ ya’.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a few hours -- -- 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre --
NOSE: rather expressive and fresh-smelling bouquet, featuring blackberry and plum fruits, garrigue, and a hint of funk; the freshness kind of strikes me as what a black soil forest would smell like during a rain shower.
BODY: lots of fine particulate matter; dark color of medium-deep depth; medium-light to medium bodied.
TASTE: garrigue; spicy (slight touch of sandalwood); more earthy than fruity, but does give-up a light plum flavor; long finish; well-balanced, with slightly drying tannins and nice acidity -- makes for a great food wine; not very complex, but an excellent baby-CdP type of CdR; consistent with prior bottles. Drink now - 2011.
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