Nose says Pinot Noir and oak, but palate says brutally tannic monster reminiscent of a young Bordeaux.Highly extracted, but this is a 2009. A little cheese allows one to appreciate the copious fruit hidden behind the tannins. Revisit this wine in five years or so, and add two or three more points. Needs time!
Drank from 0.375 bottle with a rich a decadent Coq au Vin. Very pretty aromatics of dark cherries, dark berries, tar/graphite, some sweet spices like licorice and some leather. It's medium-full bodied with medium acidity and still medium+ tannin. Good length. A very expessive NSG at the beginning of the drinking window.
Central NJ CT Offline (Mistral - 66 Witherspoon St in Princeton): This really brought the fluke to life. I was a bit skeptical at the pairing - assumed that it would go better with some more bubbles, but the fleshiness of the fish and the egg really tied into the burgundy. Nice soft wine that let the food shine through. Very good.
U Club selection out of 375ml. Dark cherry color, lush. Nose was big and outgoing, with acute ripe berry, mineral, perfume and some barnyard. The fruit really stood out. On the palate very silky and balanced. More candied red fruit, rose, green tones and mineral components. Drinking nicely now.
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