Saturday, March 16, 2013

Updated Review: *** $$ Domaine de Triennes St Auguste, Var, Provence, France, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Var region of Provence, France, is a lesser-known high-altitude wine-growing region.  Today we are sampling a unique blend from the region, which has seen seven years of aging from vintage date.

Original tasting and review , January, 2012 : This is Domaine de Triennes St Auguste, Var, Provence, France, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.  It is a blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque in the middle, still sporting a purple rim.  That's quite surprising at this age!

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft and very gentle red berry aromas and hints of spice.  From the aroma, seems like this will be subtle and balanced.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, bright and full, well-balanced with subtle sweetness and Indian spices lightening a solid underlying structure.  This has held up extraordinarily well to the seven years of aging.

In summary: Overall, solid, balanced red rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Just a hint of red hard candy appears on the nose.  The palate has taken on an impressive combination of light red fruit, gentle charcoal darkness and supporting tannins. 

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Comparable color, but the purple rim has become more brickish.  Peppery red nose with slight old-world tanginess.  Seems intriguing.  Full, fun and definitely old world with the spices and brightness.

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