Nose of dark fruits, violet, and a hint of herbal tones and olive paste. The acid levels are still strong keeping a delightful fruit freshness after 7 years in bottle. The tannins still present but well in balance. Flavor profiles of plum, black cherries, and boysenberry, along with bay leaf and a touch of tobacco. My only complaint was at 14.5%, the nose was a little hot of alcohol obscuring some of the more subtle notes. Long finish. Looking forward to trying my other bottle in another 8-10 yrs.
Two bottles savored with friends after a day of bird hunting. Sensuous, soft, spicy, exotic and alluring. The aroma was exceptional and continually evolved as it warmed in glass. I will remember this one for a long time.
An evening with friends (Val and Ron's): We actually opened this on Friday and I poured a glass. Then I realized our host's name on Saturday was Val, so I recorked this and stuck it in the fridge. I took it out and let it warm for a couple of hours before serving on Saturday. It drank quite well (many better than Friday). A nose of black raspberries, raspberries, black pepper, clay and spice. On the palate, there is black raspberries, black pepper and a nice layered complexity. Nice acidity. Long finish. This is a big wine, but not over done. It is pricey, but drinks as well or better than most CdP's.
Dinner at Ripple (Ripple - Cleveland Park - Washington, DC): Decanted but not long enough. This baby needs a whole lot of time to open up. So saturated and brutish on the nose, like roasted figs, currant extract and a charcoal pit. So bold on the palate, with blueberries and blackberries slathered in smoked meat, olive brine and graphite. Really tight and hard to crack, but I like the stuff that sneaks out. Huge and extracted, this was a bit difficult to appreciate considering the other wines at the dinner. Still, delicious and clearly well-made but I'd love to revisit this in four or five years.
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