The cork was 85% covered in wine, including the top of the cork. I let this breathe up in the glass for three hours. The wine was sound. Lovely garnet dust color. Aromas of potpourri flowers, spice and sweat. Slick entry. This offers dried cherry, slate and sweet tarts. Lively acids. There is a lingering, tart calling card. No rush. 90
Decanted and consumed over about nine hours. Stony balanced red berry lean austere laser rocky mineral slatey juice. Reference Taillepieds -- yep. Sadistic, nervous, painful mineral -- yep. Nostalgic -- yep. Enjoyable and hedonistic -- Eh. This would pair well with gravel with a side of clotted blood. Great for what it is.
My third bottle of this, and the best one. Red fruit draped across a minerally, iron-fillings core. Hint of vanilla. Fragrant. Silky. Sneaky structure right at the end, but not obstrusive. Wide open, like a Michigan wide receiver right before a horrendously underthrown pass. So Taillepieds - this is as transparent as it gets. Lovely. My #2 wine on the night.
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