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Diamond in the rough!
I have yet to try any other bottle under $20.00 that is equivalent to this one!!!
Enjoyed this gem multiple times with red meat.
If you can locate it, great buy!
My husband and I both loved it. We plan on buying a few bottles of the 2007 to keep in the cellar.
You can pretty much smell the hot Mediterranean sun dripping off of this one. Dense, thick, and full bodied. The nose displays dried herb, roast meat, charcoal and ripe plum and on the palate, this is massive and rich. Silky textured and not too ripe, with lots of earthy, spicy flavours to balance the fruit. The alcohol is a little bit high, however. Decant this, as it took quite a while to open up for me.
This medium bodied blend consisting of 65% Grenache, 5% Carignan and 30% Syrah has nicely aromatic, integrated notes of cherry, black currant, pine and green pepper. It is tannic (decant for 1 hour) with a medium to long, bretty finish. This wine can be aged for 5 to 10 more years. My impression: NICE, 89 pts. Tasted AGAIN in Aug/10 during French wine tasting and it was very well liked by other tasters.
One observation I would like to make is that even though this wine was released in February, there are still plenty of bottles left, which makes me conclude that it is not ALL THAT (as some critics say). However, on the other side, there are many reviews scoring above 90. So perhaps this wine is worthy of a try.
(one for which I got a thumb up and a thumb down)
This fruity, medium bodied wine has notes of prune, bilberry and earthiness containing scents of pine. It struck me as a bit acidic and tannic (needs at least 30 min to open). This wine is nice, but I am not a fan of very plumy wines. It reminds me of some Jay Miller 90+ wines from Spain for under $15. Impression: NICE, 88 pts. Tasted Feb/10.
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I only had a taste but I enjoyed the '07 MUCH more than the '06. No proper notes but it seemed more dense and complex. I'll write more when I open a bottle and give it a proper go.
I still have an '06 in the cellar...curious how/if that has evolved.
Original review for the '06:
This is a good wine but a '92' seems generous.
Very restrained nose, and tight on the palate, quite dry and very minerally. Bright acidity and fine tannins.
The other bottle will benefit from a couple more cellar years.
A nice drink but I didn't find it lived up to the hype.
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