Definitive Rhone (Fabi and Rosi European Kitchen Austin, Texas): From magnum. As the bottle's provider said, "it climbed out of a cave and was delicious....then started to fade." I pulled one of the shortest corks I've ever encountered from this magnum (actually I pushed the mushy cork into the bottle and easily pulled it with a cork retriever) and was stunned that the wine was alive and kicking. We opened this wine simultaneously for twelve tasters and shared the bottle immediately afterwards with all. The wine was cloudy and smelled funky, "chicken liver metallic, but in a good way," said one. There was fully resolved, "mellow" (polite for slight) round fruit, with flavor notes of tart red fruit, cranberry, cherry, stewed tomato, soy sauce, rosemary, grilled meat, clove, cinnamon, fennel, and thyme. It had a "ham quality,' and the word "interesting" abounded. The wine climbed a small hill for fifteen minutes, then dropped off rapidly, and went back into its cave.
Very farmy with bacon fat. Sweet and absolutely beautiful nose. A bit cloudy as it was not decanted. Sadly it died a horrible death in glass after second pour. Next bottle needs to be opened and drank within 30 minutes max!
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