Popped and poured through a Vinturi. Very surprised by this wine. Black cherry and raspberry on the nose. On the palate, mostly raspberry with some earthiness. Austere, but in a good way. Continued to evolve (and get better) over the course of dinner. Very good to outstanding. Has some time left, I would guess, but doing very well right now.
A decent, but not that impressive wine, although Rhone wine lovers (or fans) will like this bottle more then non-fans. Standard array of flavors for a red Rhone. Needed a little time (30 mins or so) to open up. Tannins a little much for me -- not particularly better on Day 2. I will probably let my remaining 2 sit for a little while, although I suspect not much will happen.
LILA: this actually showed quite well after the Perrin cotes du Rhone in plastic cups w/chicken and rice and olives. Pretty yummy! Quite a bit sharper than the Perrin, but w/elegance and focus and terroir.
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