Original tasting and review : This is Clos du Prieur Red Wine, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, 2005, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date, in January, 2015.
In the glass: Dark brick red, moving to opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky deep balloon rubber wrapped around solid purple fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy yet deep.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact grippy with brick red fruit, full of tannins and tightening acids and plenty of twiggy branches. Really grabs all around your mouth with the friendly acids and tannins. Flavors are in the just-barely-ripe blackberry plus currant category, with wisps of black charcoal waving across.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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