We're entertaining my in-laws and parents today, fun 🤷♂️. Bottles go fast when you're pouring for six glasses.
Consistent notes from our prior bottle, a few weeks ago, decanted 5+ hours:
Nose has black cherry, ripe red cherry, dark cocoa powder, light barrel toast, plum skin, washed blackberry and crushed blueberry.
Palate has ripe black/red cherry, wet leather, high cacao content chocolate, under-ripe plum, wet clay and trailing hints of dehydrated mint.
Paired with a local, 3.5lb. beef roast, slow cooked at ~200°F for 3.5 hours, beautifully medium on the core temperature. Local potatoes roasted then covered in a herb/shallot compound butter, so yum! — 11 days ago
Gorgeous nose. Cedar, greenery, hint of crushed berries. Palate does not disappoint but I could smell this for longer. Good herbs, cedar, currant, dark fruit. Tasting great now — 2 days ago
This is probably the most earthy chateneauf that I've had. Not a bite at all. Kathy says it's good. She didn't like it initially but it settled in. I want to try something other than St emilion. — 10 days ago
PnP. If I was tasting blind I would have said 8 year old California cab. Ripe and robust on both the nose and in the mouth. However this was restrained in the context of the vintage. Overt fruitiness but none of the over the top ripeness that characterizes this vintage . Despite the extracted fruit the acidity kept this beautifully balanced. Very smooth and round. No signs of age and would not open another bottle for 10 years plus.
A wine still in its infancy.. — 6 days ago
Beautifully polished (modern). Dark, palate-staining berry character. Classy oak upfront, some intimations of cedar and graphite as well. I decanted and enjoyed but would benefit from some aging — 3 days ago
Nose has ripe blackberry, mashed blueberry, light cedar, spring voilets and tanned leather.
Palate has rich (!!) chocolate covered blackberry, mullberry, blueberry seeds, blackberry jam, moist earthy loamy soil and wet sand.
In a very nice spot tonight after a 4-hour decant. A perfect pair alongside local, grass-fed beef patties on a super hot grill, great crust and warm middle.
Also a great accompaniment to Robert Glasper's newest project, R+R=Now, Collagically Speaking, a great West Coast style jazz album, keeping with the Glasper-style, but adding some serious players surrounding him. On Blue Note for this release, so serious respect from the industry. — 24 days ago
Had in Paris at rustic steakhouse. Delegate and elegant. Lighter in body with acidity, tannins and fruit at med/light levels. Pleasant drinking wine of red fruit. Liked and easy drinking - balance is highlight but muted. — 11 days ago