By way of background, opening thoughts: Bet'cha never heard of Lirac! Ok, maybe I'm wrong. It's an AOC in the southern France Chateauneuf du Pape region, not far from Avignon.
Original tasting and review : This is Clos de Sixte, Lirac, France, 2006, finished at a fairly whopping 15% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in October, 2014.
In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about a half inch in.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, ruddy and muddy blackberry muddled fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and full.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep and richly veined with flavorful, almost oily, black, red and blue fruits. No real hints of oxidized age, which is surprising given the depth and thickness. Acids and tannins are supportive, but the deep fruit takes center stage. Even on the finish, the rich, thick blackberry fades slowly away. A faint hint of the flavors echoes for 30 seconds up deep in your cheeks. Big, bold and distinctive experience.
In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value.
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