February 17, 2019 - Monthly Tasting Group: Older CDP's and Northern Rhones (P.S. Steak, Mpls): Small taste. Very spicy, intense garrigue, some heat. Didn't love this, kind of meh. No score
November 22, 2018 - Ripe red and black fruits are nicely balanced by acidity and deep savoriness coming from tapenade, garrigue and faint tobacco. Chewy on the back end. In a great place right now and no rush to drink.
August 4, 2018 - The ripe fruit has become more secondary with cigar notes added to the black raspberry, tannins have smoothed out it continues to drink very well. I will drink my remaining bottle over the next year or two.
April 29, 2018 - Terrific CDP. Big nose of tar, BBQ grill, bacon fat, and blueberry compote. Gained complexity with air. Sweet blueberries in the mouth but not cloying or port-like in the least due to some still-edgy tannins and a strong hit of rosemary. Comes together beautifully. In a great place now so no need to wait. Yum!
February 3, 2018 - Still quite fresh and concentrated, with ripe fruit, vanilla and earth, a silky texture and good acidity. A well balanced, mature CNP that has more life ahead of it.
January 21, 2018 - Excellent full ruby color. Tapenade and tobacco. Medium weight. Chewy, savory herb and a combination of plum and black fruit. Terrific freshness and acidity, not sweet but ripe. A throwback-old style Chateauneuf in great shape at age 14.
August 30, 2017 - Stewed, sweet and no fun to drink. Dumped down drain
August 2, 2017 - Slightly passed its prime, slightly brownish at its edge. Lovely bouquet of flavors. Long finish, cherry, liquorice, chalky. Complex body.
July 21, 2017 - Maturing tawny red. Lots of tapenade. Medium bodied, savory olive and mixed red/black fruit with lovely balancing acidity. Complex, no undue sweetness. I loved where this wine was tonight.
March 18, 2017 - Wine was properly stored from purchase upon release from vineyard until consumed.
Immediate big beautiful bouquet upon opening. Scent is amazing, ready to drink, enticing. Fruit, freshness. Transports you to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
After 15 minutes, big red fruit, plums, figs, boysenberries, myrtilles, walnuts, tropical fruits, citrus, apricot, honey, layers upon layers.
After 30 minutes, still magnificent, hints of more to come. Still going strong at 60 minutes. Leaves you hoping you have more.