2012 Peugeot

Consensus: Starting to drink well. Probably needs decanting, and definitely a bit of air.
Les Garagistes Peugeot Bourdeaux-style blend
    Elephant Mountain Vineyard
  • ALCOHOL: 14.3%
  • Full rich nose, with deep ripe fruit and beautiful in the mouth but almost instantly, it disappears/drops off, like the volume being suddenly cut. Really odd. Thinking optimistically, I wonder if this is simply in a dead phase, so if that's try, try it in a year and see.
  • A bit darker than the 2013, and more alcohol and oak to boot. Not over the top, but more power there overall for sure. Even though Cab Franc was 50% of the blend, the influence of the Cab Sauv (that special eucalyptus/green pepper oiliness) dominates, which isn’t a bad thing in the least. Good balance, nice richness. I think the 2013 is ultimately a better wine, but right now, the 2012 beats it.