Decanted for two hours before consuming. Real interesting blend. Nice aroma of dark fruits, plum, and violet. The same characteristics carry though to the palate with additional minerality and a bit of spice. Great balance but finishes with sligthly gripping tannins. Needs fatty foods to tone down some of the tannins. Incredible value for what I paid. I'd get a case of this stuff if I had the room for it.
Initial taste after popping was a disjointed mess with the alcohol prominent. Decanted for about 2 hours and drank over the next 1.5 hours, and this was a whole different wine. Smoked meat and blueberry on the nose, with raspberry prominent on the palate with a decent finish with some coffee notes. This wine is still rather big even after the 2 hour decant, but it pairs quite well with a filet mignon. For $20, this way over delivers.
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(Chateau Paradis Terres des Anges) #1; COLOR-great dark; NOSE-really nice; great cranberry and cherry juice; vibrant red fruits; some floral; some cassis & chocolate; TASTE-this wine is Legit; a very serious wine; big, firm & tight tannins on the back-end; great grip on the palate; this wine is delicious, but is quite serious and can last 15-25 years which is unusual at $20 bones; the back-end is incredible; I get this really interesting dried cranberry flavor that carried over from the nose to the palate on the mid-palate; like a bag of expensive dried cranberries from Whole Foods; good fruit; strawberries on the back-end as well; some Oak as well that makes it extremely creamy -- almost like a Cabernet on the attack, but the finish is so strong w/ the tannins; AFTER TASTING BACON: much drier on the attack, but has calmed down the bitter tannins and is smoother on the finish; a Home Run effort; one of the more spectacular efforts; should be cellared for at least 2 years; or a 2 hour decant; RP-91; GV-92+
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