Loads of black pepper and dried herbs on the nose. Some black cherry and plum perhaps. Quite savory overall.
Ripe cherry and strawberry start things out with a meaty, peppery mid palate. Tannins are medium and fine with a medium sour cherry and cranberry acidity. Plum skin finishes out the nice finish.
If someone told me this was a Cote du Rhone from a very good producer I would not think twice. Delicious, balanced wine with red fruit and spice in spades. — 10 days ago
Spiced plum, ripe strawberry, rosemary, menthol, tomato leaf, and black pepper on the nose.
Palate is concentrated strawberry jam with dried green herbs, pepper, and mint. Despite being 10 years old, tannins are still pretty grippy.
Damn good CdP but still has some time to go to peak IMO. — 20 days ago
Nose of peach, melon, strawberry, and a background herbal, earthy note.
Much of the same on the palate. White peach, strawberry, and cantaloupe with some metallic minerality. Quite dry with med acidity.
Nice wine with some good richness that could stand up to a lot of different food...or simply enjoyed by itself! — 21 days ago
Nose of almond shell, sea breeze, and lemon peel.
Lots of lemony acidity and minerality on the palate. Very crisp and refreshing.
Lean, zippy sparkling vermentino...from a can! Very cool. — 13 days ago
Nose of chicory, cocoa powder, and an interesting minty/menthol note.
Pretty substantial roast notes with creamed coffee, bitter walnut, and touch of underlying caramel. Dries out just enough with a touch of bitterness to keep it drinkable.
Rich, malty red with nice roast influence. — 14 days ago
Fair amount of oak on the nose: vanilla, dill, mint, smoke, coconut. Some currant in there as well.
Concentrated fruit on the palate, but oak dominates with similar notes to the nose. Tannins are still pretty astringent.
Probably needs another 5-8 years for the oak and tannins to settle down and come into its own, bit still tasty with hard cheese. — 20 days ago
Raspberry, violet, biscuit, blood orange, minerals.
Lots of zippy acidity with great balance of red fruit, red flower, and biscuit notes. A must try with salmon nigiri. — 25 days ago
Dark nose. Pepper, smoked meat, spicy oak, prune.
Ripe, dried fruit character: prune, strawberry, dried cherry with some spice and oak mid way. Tannins and acidity are soft and pleasant.
Ripe and slightly raisinated but still very drinkable given its ABV. Spice notes and well integrated oak lend nice complexity. — 14 days ago
Currant, barnyard, tallow, stewed game, iron, liver paté. Beautiful nose.
Palate is pretty soft at this point but delicious and complex: red currant, game, pomegranate verging on sour cherry, black pepper, garrigue. Acidity is medium and tannins are present but so well integrated at this point.
Fantastic Bandol in the peak of its maturation. Lovely on its own and with Scott's delicious lamb kabobs. — 20 days ago