Ample nose of blackberry, cassis, menthol, and vanilla. Blackberry and dark fruit initially, then a weighty mid-palate giving way to red fruits and a decidedly welcome acidity, making the wine very food friendly (I suggest anything with bacon!). Nicely integrated tannins, an harmonious wine. Lingering finish keeps the mouth stimulated and leaves you wanting the next sip.
Wonderful showing tonight - at it's peak, I think; grenache sweetness galore along with garrigue and darker spices, a lightness to this that is so atypical of the vintage, very good length. Will keep, but why, oh why? Bravo!
A Rhone-Inspired Evening (Dino's - Washington, DC): I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. It was a good Chateauneuf to start with, being elegant and fresh. Ruby color, tinged with beef broth. Aromas of sour cherry, wild raspberry, tree bark and a bit of tomato paste. Silky and light on the palate, with fine tannins and fresh acid. Tangy, snappy red fruit, black pepper and charcoal flavors glide over the palate. Very nice, restrained wine. Almost Burgundian.
Extremely disappointing, and another bad bottle I bought at Premier Cru - never again. Nose already smells past it's prime, and there's little to like in the dried out fruit on the palate. Can't hold a candle to the stellar '98 Vieux Telegraph I had last night. Nasty. 3-6-7-3: 69/100.
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(Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix) Dark red violet color; tart berry, black fruit, sage nose; rich black fruit, smoky, tart berry, lavender, charcoal palate; medium finish
(Domaine de la Charbonniere Charteauneuf "Mourre des Perdrix") Nice floral, cherry, tea leaf, mint, lavender and earth. Dense, rich and concentrated with low acidity and lots of black cherry and licquorice fruit. There is a serious warmth on the finish that worries me. Great material but I have doubts that this wine will ever be in balance.
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