Light cherry red, with slight orange hue, tiny pale rim. Spicy nose of garrigue, sweet floral scents, that sweet varnishy oak I associate with Paul Draper wines. Excellent on the palate, where this really shines - light bodied, sour cherry notes, sweet cough drops balanced with black tea bitterness. Noticeable dry silky tannins. Fairly long also. Not anything to write home about, but this would be a nice complement to cherry-glazed venison. Well made, at peak and for another 5 years or so, but a bit on the forgetable side of things. Like an old, low level Graves.
When I first opened it I was struck by the wafting odors of some deep, deep funk. I thought perhaps this wine had somehow gone very, very bad over the past 14 years. After 30-60 minutes, though, the funk seemed to dissipate and it became quite enjoyable. I poured myself a glass and saved the rest for later. The next day the wine truly came alive. The nose was rich with fruit and earthy loam, the color was medium-thin with a fair amount of grainy sediment. The wine was quite smooth, and definitely seemed like it had held up well given the age. Would certainly recommend.
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