Bottle breathe for 3hrs+, regret that this bottle was the last one to consume after a bunch of Pauillac GCC (2000-2006). Nose with elegant red fruits, sweet spices. Super smooth fine ripe tannins, silky texture, red fruits palate, you cannot detect the alcohol even though it is 15.5%, long length.
This is definitely a rich and hedonistic wine. There is a little barnyard funk initially ( probably from the 10% Mourvèdre ) but it dissipates with minimal aeration. The initial attack is monstrous with deep rich fruit. There is kirsch and black/red licorice everywhere. Even at this early stage the tannins are sweet and integrated. This just cries out for a seared Cowboy steak and skillet potatoes. The finish is long and lingering. Did I mention licorice ? Great QPR if you can find it at a $100-$125 price point.
This took about an hour to open up. Dense, sweet, extracted with heat at finish. Not ready yet, will take at least another 5 years to get everything together. Hopefully alcohol will not overhelm other components. (A-)
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