Tasted triple blind. Charcoal, dust, blackberries, and firepit on the nose. Very dark berry fruit on the palate, with some smoked meat undertones. One dimensional, seems young. I kind of forgot about this one amongst the other wines in the lineup. Turns out it was my wine. Not sure I would buy it again, although I think it may have been too early to open it.
Decanted for 2 hours. Medium-dark purple color. Pretty complex nose of black cherries, soy sauce, plum, leather, meat/blood, dark chocolate, crushed rocks and some spices. On the palate there are mainly dark fruits again, some smoke, leather, orange zest, black olives, minerals and licorice. It's full-bodied, dense and structured with medium-high acidity and medium-high tannin that is present but good quality. Long finish. An interesting, fresh, complex but at the moment still slightly rustic Hermitage. It doesn't have the finesse of Chave, but there is plenty of character and a beautiful sense of place. Worked really nicely with an aged bone-in Ribeye.
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