Not the fruit driven clos des papes I am accustomed to , this was more beaucastel in style with lots of barnyard leather and garrigue. The funky bramble earthy berry fruits reminds me of Barolo with it's spiced finish.
Smooth as silk, with just enough Brett character to add to the complexity (for an admittedly Brett-tolerant drinker such as myself), along with the kirsch-like fruit and moderate acidity. A real treat with the lamb stew.
Red to brick color. The nose is dominated by etheral aromas, with garrigue and pepper shining through. Fullbodied and velvety in the mouth with soft tannins. After an hour or so the etheral notes became less evident.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours --
NOSE: aged red and purple fruits; clean; old furniture; has aged to a really nice, elegant, calm arrangement of scents.
BODY: murky color; some bricking throughout; medium bodied.
TASTE: green peppercorn; leather; obviously aged; polished tannin; lots of garrigue; cigar wrapper; medium-intense finish of moderate length; at peak; for me, the place this wine is at is the reason some of us age our wines --- sure, some may prefer this kind of wine in its more brash youth, but I really enjoy the elegant complexity that is shown only with age; fantastic wine, and my WOTN for how the wine is showing today; drink Now.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red color with 4-5mm bricked margin. PNP, drank 1 glass over 2 hours. I found this to be just delightful. I love the expression of age and complexity. The nose offers violets, a burst of cedar that soon fades, floral, fine leather, a touch of funk, light berries, subtle garrigue, wood spice, and later a smidge of soy. The palate is of lighter medium body, quite elegant at this point, dark raspberry, still tart acids, resolved, spiced, leather, and a medium finish. There was a period where this seemed like it was going to fade and then reemerged even better than when first poured and held up for at least 2.5 hours. This looks to be fully mature and those with several bottles should be able to space them out over a couple years.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color; tar, cigar box, green bean, green bean casserole nose; tasty, tobacco, cigar box, smoke, mineral, green bean casserole palate; medium-plus finish (nowhere near as good as previous outings; is this a faulty bottle or is the wine falling apart?) 90+ points