PnP last night. TN from today. Med ruby at the core, fading to a med tawny rim. Nose is med+ intensity with a lot of spiciness, with raisined plums, wet dirt, and a citrus rind in the upper register. The palate shows a slight frizzante, that seems to have improved since yesterday. Full bodied wine, 14% abv, with med+ intensity, rustic and edgy tannins that are right at home with a plate of food. There is nice med acidity, with ripe blue and red fruit, black pepper, tar, and a rocky minerality. The finish is med length and repeats the flavors from the palate. The rustic tannins persist for 30 secs or so. Nice astringency. Very tasty Coudoulet, drinking beautifully now, and will continue to drink well through 2020+, but I'll enjoy mine within a year or 2. Very good.
My first encounter with this wine in a while: initially had a case but this is the third-last bottle. I don't seem to have any previous tasting notes. Not decanted. Still quite a youthful appearance (dark; glossy; no bricking). Some earthy/mushroomy funk on the nose at first, but this blows off after a few minutes in the glass. It is replaced by dark fruits (black cherry; blueberry) and menthol/aniseed. Quite restrained. Closed down? The palate is hard to gauge - good acidity, still quite tannic, but the fruit is a bit of a no-show. Somewhat angular: certainly not a plush wine. Some good length, and there is a black-fruit flourish in the finish. Overall quite good, although lacking in "stuffing", and surprising that what fruit it has is very dark and very cool - not typical S Rhone to me. I find it hard to say whether this wine is going through an awkward/closed phase, or whether it's just symptomatic of the vintage. I will wait a while before opening another, and then do so alongside my final bottle of the 2006 for comparison reasons.
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