This is flat-out impressive, a real elixir. Faded ruby, rust at the rim, and copious legs. Nose is powerful, with oodles of garrigue, sweet briary fruit and grilled nuts. Even a hint of Madeira. Very smooth, very full-bodied in the mouth, tons of fruit. Less impressive than the nose, but only just by a little. Penetrates to every corner of both nose and mouth. If it has a flaw it is the fact that the high alcohol is noticeable, and not completely integrated into the fruit. It should be interesting to see how this tastes tomorrow, inasmuch as it was basically popped and poured tonight. For now, 4-13-16-8: 91/100. After one day, the alcohol "flaw" is nowhere in evidence and this is pure decadence as a result. So 24 hours later: 4-13-17-9: 93/100.
Very rich full bodied, loads of dark, primary fruit - but there are still lots of locale and garrigue and some hints of elegance here - could be become quite burgundian (!) of left for another 5 years. But very nice to drink now and one of the few top wines to come out of this vintage. (with AD at Racines, New York)
Needed some air - about 30 min. Sweet Grenache fruit (although on the decline for fruit)... just enough, yielding to wonderful secondaries and minerality. Not sure how long this will hold for, I'd recommend drinking 1-2 yrs.
Agree w "Beatles" 100%. Came out edgy and closed, opened up and was fine, but never developed the complexity, layers and wonder-fullness I look forward to in a well stored, 14 yo CPD from a good yr/reliable house. Very good, not transcendant.
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