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Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:23 pm
"Les Ruchots." Labeled as 13% abv. Very dark purple color; nearly opaque. Somewhat brooding nose at first; initially I thought it might have some of the 2004 taint but was still quite drinkable. I liked it better the second day. However, it didn't approach the enchantment of the first Arlaud "les Ruchots" I ever had (the 1999). That one was full of bright berry flavors and had excellent balance and structure. This one is more dark-fruited with herbal elements and a suggestion of hoisin sauce. I had it the first evening with leftovers of a baked chicken with vegetables casserole and had the final glass on the third evening with a warm sandwich of roast beef and melted cheese. I like this wine but found it a bit disappointing in comparison to the 1999 vintage.
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