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Pale to medium garnet-brick in color, the 2001 Les Amis opens with meaty, earthy and leather aromas fused with stewed tea notes, a touch of sauteed herbs and coffee. Rich, full and opulent, the palate is more spicy and fruity than the nose, and finishes with a similar spicy, long length. It is mature now and ready to drink until 2016+.
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Drink Dates: 2009-2017
This is a new offering from Torbreck. Made of 100% Grenache from 102 year old vines, the wine is aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. This deeply pigmented red/black colored wine offers seamless drinking with beautiful, smooth yet very concentrated fruit. A moderately strong nose of anise, new wood, light pepper, stone, and dark fruits. Full and rich fruit coupled with virtually perfect tannins in the mouth. Acidity is well balanced and slightly on the high side but will aid aging. Sneaks up on you with its demure profile but the wine?s quality is considerable. Impressive. An Australian Rayas perhaps? (But more concentrated then recent Rayas).