Northern Rhone blind dinner. Several interesting transformations during dinner, but not necessarily bringing lots of pleasure... Primary nose with hint of plastic to start, not super expressive. Very mature on the palate and became stinkier with saline hints. Long finish.
Smoke, licorice, sweet red berries, herbs, pepper, truffle and bacon fat aromatics are on full display. The nose is more interesting and complex than the medium bodied palate, which finishes in soft, delicate, sweet and tart red cherries. This was much better than expected due to the age and the vintage.
Popped and enjoyed over 3 hours. OMFG. What a treat. The nose is completely captivating, earthy, smoky, barnyard, spice, violets, gamy, bloody. The color is deep and dark, uniform to the rim. Absolutely no bricking at all. Powerful, balanced flavors of black fruits, olives, iron and meat. The finish was amazing, closing with a hit of pepper. A truly amazing and ethereal experience. To be able to enjoy this wine was a gift.
A dep ruby color and a nose of black olives, scorched earth, violets and meat. Loved it. Great depth on the palate, exceptional balance. More olives, rare meat, and white pepper. Mulitlayered, greatly textured, yet not heavy. Hitting on all cylinders. At peak and with time in hand. No reason to wait though. Great wine. 95 pts.
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