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  • 2004 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol - France, Provence, Bandol (9/3/2009)
    -- decanted for one hour before tasting --
    -- tasted non-blind over 3 hours --

    NOSE: An absolutely intoxicating melange of kirsch, iodine, peat, some Mourvedre funk, a strong sense of minerality, and little notes of flower petals; the nose is moderately expressive, very complex, and worth the price of admission on its own.

    BODY: very little bit of fine particulate matter; dark ruby color of medium depth; medium bodied.

    TASTE: great earth/fruit balance: loads of graphite minerality, cherries and kirsch; smoke, leather, and a hints of cedar and black olive; very well-balanced - I love the freshness of this wine; not a tannin bomb; 14% alc. -- not hot; mid-palate hole; medium-long finish (40-55 sec.). This really is a great wine, and the fact that K&L and L.A. Wine Co. are blowing these out for less than $25 is pretty sweet. Perhaps my love for Mourvedre is contributing to my exuberance regarding this wine, but I don’t think so; in my best efforts to be completely objective, I believe this is a legitimately great wine. Will buy again.

    B: 50, 5, 14, 17, 8 = (94 pts.)

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