This is a wonderful wine, and I'll give it a high rating on the nose and color alone. It's still quite tannic, but has it has great potential. With several years of life ahead of it I plan to sit on my other bottle a while longer to see what comes of it.
Decanted for over 6 hours; dark red ruby in colour. Dried rose petals and raspberries on the nose with some bright cassis. Dark red fruits, dark plums, and black peppers on the palate; dry cassis and some earthy minerality at the end. The tannins cover the front palate like its nobody's business. Medium bodied with a decent finish. I think I will wait a little longer to open my last bottle.
Very good Rhone wine: fruit aromas (cherry, dark berries) with subtle floral and spice notes; light, red berry flavors and slight oak characters; balanced tannins and acidity. Worked well with a vegetarian pasta-dish.
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