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Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
Definitely "in the zone": delicious and won't get any better. Sweet red currant, strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit intermingled with mesquite, new saddle leather and cigar tobacco flavors. Wonderful complexity. Framed beautifully by finely grained tannins. Delcious, lingering, flavorful finish.
My last bottle enjoyed for my birthday! On the backside of it's peak. Still shows ripe blackberry, black cherry and dark berry fruit. Notes of leather, bacon, cedar and pencil add complexity. Well-balanced with finely grained tannins. Nice length to a more subtle yet flavorful finish.
Turley - Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard
This is just on the outer edge of its optimum drinkability. Massive, ripe dark berry and blueberry fruit. Framed by notes of pencil shavings, beef blood, and rounded, yet not fully integrated, tannins. Concentrated with great depth. Long, palate-saturating finish.
Perrier-Jouet - Fleur de Champagne (Belle Epoque)
Delicious with fine, engaging mousse. Refreshing with clean, ripe fruit notes. Slight flavors of baking spices and bread dough. Satisfying finish with nice length.
Henri Billiot et Fils - Brut Cuvee de Reserve
Delicious and refreshing with a flavorful finish.