August 4, 2020 - Deep red/purplenose of leather and and dried fruit good legs-very nice finishOn the down slop but still very good
May 4, 2020 - Tasted blind. Interesting nose of red fruit and cedar. Still quite young on the palate with medium acidity and tannins, as well as red cherry/fruit flavors. Good finish. Quite promising!
April 19, 2020 - I think this one is past its prime while still being very drinkable. I'm sure this was drinking better about 5 years ago. Still has some stuffing though. Moderate tannins with tar and pure Grenache coming through making for a moderately long finish. A good example of the vintage....although somewhat subdued from what I was expecting.
February 1, 2020 - This was just excellent, punching above its weight. Classic, rich yet light, not too complex but compensates with character. Fabulous with braised short ribs.
December 26, 2019 - forgot I had a few of these left.
didn't know what to expect.
Nice surprise. Drinking beautifully. Nice fruit, some tar, just beautiful.
April 23, 2019 - Last bottle. In the bouquet still red and dark berries and some good garrigue. On the palate the same impressions and a firm, but good amount of acidity. The wine is ready now, but can last a few more years easily, when kept in a fresh cellar.
October 11, 2018 - Dark, dark opaque garnet, color still looks youthful with barely a hint of bricking; lovely nose of subtle dark fruit, hints of creosote and garrigue; the 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah overshadow the 30% Grenache (20% Cinsault), with darker red fruit, a bright streak from the Grenache, and that same background creosote/garrigue note from the nose, along with some dried herbs. Good acidity, just a touch of fine, chalky tannins. Depending on how you like your southern Rhones, this could be in a perfect place, or may want another few years to show even more tertiary notes. But it's most definitely on the young side of peak. I own and drink almost no southern Rhone these days, but am very much enjoying this bottle.
March 11, 2018 - Deep claret color-smooth and weel blended-nose ofleather and mixed dark fruits-good legs and long finish-drinking very well
January 3, 2018 - Monthly Tasting Group EEE #066: Educational blind tasting (@ My place): I think this bottle showed more youthful than the previous one, but of course it is not really young anymore. Beautiful bouquet with still power and also autumn forest impressions and garrigue. On the palate the same. Red berries, some licorice and laurel, mild acidity and round tannin. Lovely wine. I have one bottle left for 2019 or 2020 ;-)
December 25, 2017 - PnP. Interesting that this CdR took 12 years to truly come together. Dark berries, garrique and faint earth notes on nose. Medium weight fruit, soft tannins and light, but sufficient acid on palate. Nicely balanced, holds interest and complements food. Etoh (or ‘heat’), noticed in past has receded. No reason to hold longer; not fading either.