Saturday, March 03, 2012
2009 Clos de L'Oratoire Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape
On the nose I get beautiful aromas of stewed black cherry, cranberry sauce, orange rind, cinnamon, and a savory soy sauce component. There are also secondary aromas of stone, soil, unsweetened coco and rusty metal. It's a stunning bouquet that continues to develop in the glass and with plenty of oxygen.
On the palate the wine has an incredibly smooth and sexy texture and soft tannins for such an amazingly young wine. I have had the bottle open for about 20 hours after uncorking it, and the wine has continued to transform into the ultra urethral concoction that it is currently. I get flavors of ripe black cherry, coco powder, sweet tobacco, tea leaf, dried red currants, and crushed stones. This wine is amazingly delicious and super long and savory on the finish. It has all the complexity and seduction of a great Chateauneuf, but drinks with the ripeness and deliciousness of a new world wine. Wow......this stuff is bonkers. 95+ points
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