Mark was able to continue to make two single parcel villages wines, with the En Pallud being the deeper soiled, clay rich parcel of 55 year old vines that performed accordingly: “Deep, rich, savory, an expression of the sturdy Bass low end of things, to impressive results. Terrific and a classic image of En Pallud.” A little * awarded here.
“Reduction. Once again there is good freshness and punch to be found on the solidly concentrated flavors that are supported by slightly firmer tannins on the mildly rustic and youthfully austere finish. This too is worth considering. (89-91)/2023+” Allan Meadows
“(14% natural alcohol; these vines, ranging in age from 55 to 80 years, produced just half of a normal crop in 2016, according to winemaker Mark Fincham): Bright, dark red. Somewhat wild scents of black raspberry, smoke, black olive and minerals. Dense, juicy and youthfully imploded, with its tight dark fruit and rose petal flavors conveying a strong impression of energy. Not currently displaying the give of the Etelois, this wine finishes with a hint of game and slightly dusty tannins. Fincham likes this better than I do today, but it should benefit from a racking.” 89-92 Steve Tanzer