Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone 2005

13.5% alcohol

Night One

Thick fruit opens the nose, strawberry jam and plums. These are followed by cinammon and green pepper.

The palate starts with the same strawberry jam and plums, with a clear midpalate of asian spices and smoked meat. Tannins are very fine, even dusty, but firm, still strong and not fully integrated, adding leather to the finish.

Night Two

Florals were way out front on night two, violets and lilacs. There was fruit, too, mostly bruised plums. In all fairness, I think this got a little over-oxidized from one night to the next so it is really not fair to keep judging it.

This was pleasant but not wonderful on Night One and gone on night two. The bottle was well sealed, the Vacuu-Vin top still had a good seal and suction. I expect I will not be running out to buy more of this one.

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