Ved første sniff er det mørke bær som umiddelbart dukker opp. Bjørnebær og sorte, modne kirsebær i tillegg til integrerte fattoner, animalske toner og krydder. En fyldig vin med godt balansert friskhet og modne lett tørrende tanniner. På smak hadde vinen overraskende frisk frukt. Igjen var det bjørnebær og sorte moreller sammen med de animalske tonene med pepper- og kryddertoner. Godt integrert fatbruk og meget god lengde. Dette er en vin som klart ville tålt flere år til i kjelleren, men det smakte utmerket nå.
Little funky on opening, but blew off in 15 minutes. Dark berries, mineral+acid : balanced; medium bodied and elegant ... not a fruit bomb. Fantastic evolution from when it was young and not nearly as interesting. Still has some fruit, but this is at peak maturity now. Kept a leftover glass in the bottle for the next day and it was not nearly as good. Glad I just drank my last bottle. I didn't expect too much from this bottle and was pleasantly surprised.
I had this last night at a restaurant and was very pleased. It had good strong deep red fruit and a back-bone to suggest it would go for much longer, and even continue to develop. There was the typical northern rhone smoke-pepper-chocolaty edge.
There was a cellartracker review from October '08 that I thought still sums it up very well.
Smoke, black cherries, spices and kirsch on the enjoyable nose. Quite delicious in the mouth, with refreshing acidity, good fruit (cherries, fresh prunes), kirsch, meat, smoke and a hint of chocolate. Not heavy, quite fresh, but with just enough stuffing. Perfectly drinkable now, needs some food though.
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