Madiran, France; 13.5% ABV
Purchased 4/26/2013 at the Oakland, CA store
Initially closed nose, tart and tannic palate with bloody, metallic, saline umami. Slightly bitter cherry pit (malab) on the finish, somewhat drying. Kind of one-dimensional flavor – a solidly made wine but lacking much charm; better with food. On the second day, it seemed thicker and richer, more fruit with earth and leather notes, smoother and less bitter. Good but not great. A cut below my favorite recent GO Madiran, the 2000 Viella Village. The D’Arricau-Bordes is Drinkable, maybe D+ if your taste and the mood calls for a leaner Old-World red.