Incense, baking spice, wild fruit, crushed rocks, smoke and great acid to hold it all together. Duck night. — 2 months ago
Seriously one of the best Cotes du Rhone I’ve ever had. It is also a ridiculous value at $24. Ripe red and black fruits with a very appealing mineral streak that will have u come back for more. So, so good. — a year ago
Opened the 2009 vintage in May 2020. Definitely showing it’s age. Deep purple with a little orange (my wife says brown) around the rim. Regardless it ages nicely.
Smell: leather, old wood (not oak just like an old barn) earth, has a bit of a mineral tinge.
Taste: dark to black fruit. Plum. Earth notes as well. Truffle. Bold and tannic. Highish acid. Dry.
Overall very classic right bank. Very good wine but too bold to drink more than a bottle. Will blow out the pallet for the next flavor. Eat something hardy. Steak or game. Duck might be nice. Save it for the last bottle of the night or the only bottle.
Save it for your friends don’t waste it on the in-laws. — a month ago
McArthur $32 for 2009 on 5/1/20 with duck and lentils. Past peak. Bitter finish gets better with air. — a month ago
Very typical warm vintage Rhone, slightly lower acidity than usual. Despite the half bottle, it got better as the lunch with duck went along — 2 months ago