From a 375. Disappointing. I wanted this to be better. Its good. Ruby in color. The nose has boysenberries, some mineral notes. Very slight earthiness. On the palate, not much complexity. Tannins resolved. Tart acidity. Drinkable for sure and a bit better than that. For Cote Rotie from a good vintage at 14 years, this is much simpler than I would expect.
Drank along side New a World cabs, merlot n syrah...P n p. Medium Ruby w touch of bricking. Meat, earth, blood and red fruits all mixed up. Nice out of btls. Red fruits dom. Good balance mellow tannins. Ready to drink now.
No formal notes but really enjoyed this bottle - have had in the cellar for many years. Was a bit boring in its youth but nicely structured. It picked up a lot of funk as it aged - great acidity and fun to drink. Has some years left but probably not a lot.
Still alive and kicking. Although I'd drink this one sooner than later. Dried fruit flavors such as cherry and cranberry are dominant. Barely showing its age in color, as just a hint of brick is present. Tannins seem to be mostly resolved. Quite good at $45.
Opened for 2 hours. Reticent nose, but then some attractive kirsch. After showing well for a half an hour in a floral and light state, it shut down hard, with austere tannins especially given the lighter body of the wine. I'm going to hold for 5+ years.
A dry cork gave me worries, but the wine proved perfectly preserved. Even after a vinturi, it took a good two hours to open up. Not sure why a dozen-year-old wine needs that much time. But definitely worth the wait,with plenty of fruit, anise and the full richness the terroir gives to this fruit without the bite of unresolved tannin. At $31/btl by the case, it felt too good to be true. But so far so good.
Was a solid wine and very good. It was missing strong N. Rhone flavors- olives, bacon, gamey iron. The fruit was there with some pepper and was definitely syrah. I want to seek out another bootle and see what another bottle shows. Was missing too much of the secondary flavors. Great smooth fruit though.
Popped and poured. Bricking a bit. Moderate legs. Nose of black fruit, but now past primary. Spice, pepper, and leather underpin the juice. Black stone fruit, olive, bacon and leather run through the smooth finish. This is now an outstanding food wine, and drinking very, very well. Great QPR as it matures.
Slow leggy garnet red. Scents of blackberries, violets, black pepper, milk chocolate, and paprika. My first Côte-Rôtie seems a bit past prime. Flavors of black fruit preserves, pepper, herbaceous notes of marjoram and parsley, and gamey leather notes on the finish. Nice concentration and length but the fruit is a bit cooked.
A beautiful rendition of a Syrah aged to perfection. Dark fruit with cherries and fig on nose yielding to a voluptuous mouth feel with a leather and chocolate finish. The wine evolves on the palate. An after taste of sour cherry persists. Beautiful tannins and alcohol integration. I opened this bottle after reading Winekrupt's notes stating that this vintage is ending it's best years. Thank you for rescuing this bottle from my cellar!
My impressions of this wine mirror some of the more recent tasters. The nose is high on pepper with a follow through of cedar and baking spice. There is an oxidative note creeping in... but perhaps this is just the bottle I had. On the mouth the fruit is still big and fresh, the acidity present and the tannins completely intergrated. Crunchy black and red berry fruit with just the slightest funky leather in the back. Again the mouth shows the slightest oxidation, and I think this wine is at the end of it's "very good years", and will hold through few less-than-perfect years still. Intense and long, complex on the nose but simpler in the mouth. Still very good for 11 years on.
Evolved over a dozen or so hours. Started with robust aromas of violets, white lilies, mesquite, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, thyme, red meat & red currant sauce. After 8 hrs of slow ox & an hour in decanter, nose was of dark chocolate torte and coffee. Amazing for a base bottling such as this. Medium body, acidity, tannins & alcohol. Nice minerality. Tannins are resolved and the wine is ready to go, but wine will still hold a bit. Drink now to 2015. Wish I had more. Don't believe those who say this wine is pouched.
Light on it's feet and still standing. A far cry from the 03 but delicious none the less. Signs of aging all across the board with secondaries ruling the roost. There is still a sense of red fruit cherries, berries and plum with defined tobacco and espresso mingling with ground stones and earth. Acidity is lively and marries well. Im diggin' it.
Solid Cote-Rotie. Hard to believe this is their baseline wine from the village. Still very young. This opened up beautifully over some hours in the glass. Nice blackberry fruit interwoven with complex notes of gamey iron/blood, iodine, olive. Moderate long finish, with beautiful balance.
Decanted 1/2 hr. Garnet. Moderate legs. Nose of black fruit and green olive. Black fruit, leather, green olive, pepper. Moderate finish. Not bad as a food wine for a Mediterranean dish (lamb tagine with couscous), but nothing to write more about. Fair qpr.
On the nose the fruits are a bit subdued with the green pepper over powering it a bit. Its a bit thin on the palate but finishes not bad. Bought this for half price. Off vintage, not getting any better. Drink up.
Clear appearance; red wine with medium intensity, garnet color. On the nose, clean, with medium to pronounced intensity. Aroma characteristics include black fruits (prominent blackcurrant, blackberry), spice (mostly black pepper, some licorice), subtle vegetal (green pepper). On the palate, dry, low but detectable acid. After an hour in the decanter, tannins have softened, but they are still noticeable. Medium-plus body. After time in the decanter, flavor characteristics largely match the nose (black fruits, pepper, some vegetal). Well-balanced. Medium length (could be longer). Good to very good Northern Rhone.
Medium ruby/garnet core, medium pale garnet rim. Expressive, aromatic nose showing red fruit, floral notes and a hint of blood. Medium/full bodied on the palate with harmonious, soft tannins, red fruit, florals, vanilla, lovely fresh acidity carrying a good length, lightly savoury finish. Much more feminine than I thought it would be and with well managed oak. Absolutely ready but no hurry.
I really should have decanted this. As such it took a couple of hours to really open up, but once it did it was a beauty. I'll probably drink the other one in the next year or so and now I'll know to open well in advance.
Sunday Funday #Syrahvaganza (D-Rod's): Ruby color. 3 hour decant. Aromas of dried red cherry fruit coupled with a strong viognier, floral aspect. Silky and light on its feet, with both red and black fruits. I love the smoky, mocha flavor on the finish. Very approachable at this stage of its life and a more feminine interpretation of Cote Rotie
decanted 1 hr; did not assess colour. nose of rasperry, tar, herbal notes, chamomille, smoke/coffee from the barrell. smell growing in the glass, should have decanted more. balanced mouth with good acidity, quite long, tannins not evident. well made, but no wow factor.
This is a big, yummy cote rotie, that would supply any wine fan's syrah fix; with an abundance of blackberry, ripe cherries, smoke, and a savory quality. That said, it's lacking in the nuance and terrior, I would expect from a cote rotie. There's new world power, but this still delivers more than most Australian or American syrah; even good ones.
Reallly enjoyed this after five years in the cellar - almost young on nose, fresh and delicious - some smoke/bacon fat and all that - a bit tight at first but gradually opened up. Just loved the shear power on the mid-palate - which are the tannins - just perfect. the tannins give the wine a juicy, mouth watering quality which makes it a real quaffer. nice finish. A bit dissapointing the next day - basically unraveled but still drinkable...
This one transformed in the glass over time, starting as a dark and brooding wine dominated by dried meat notes and developing softer mushroomy notes later on. Dark fruit and some smoke in the background. Very nice.
Wines with Old friends (Hamilton, NJ): nose: dark and rich nose of bacon fat, black cherries, smoke, lavender and bits of olives. Real good depth with a real savory and meaty quality to it on the nose that is classic cote rotie
taste: great and young medium/full feel with good supporting tannins as well as medium+ acidity with meaty tones of bacon fat, black cherries, bits of spice and lavender with a touch of olives as well
overall: a bit rough around the edges on the both the nose and palate right now. Could certainly use a bit more age, but is approachable with a decent decant. This had a real savory quality to it on both the nose and palate right now
Bright deep red in colour. Lots of savoury notes on the nose. Hints of bacon fat, cherry, wood, pine cone, white pepper. Lots of spice on the palate, sweet, raspberry. Overall, lovely wine that we found very easy to drink. Doesnt need food. Rounded flavours and subtle tannins.
Drunk alongside the 1999, the 2001 was by far the better wine. Brighter to look at and with a far better mid-palate and finish it was a really good match to the grilled beef we ate with it. Nose was classic Cote Rotie with plenty, of truffles and earthiness to make it interesting. Also plenty of acidity and tannin left to keep this wine alive too. Will drink another bottle in a couple of years and see how it evolves. Very nice indeed.
Powerful nose of iron and iodine, with a memory of what was once fruit. The body comes in a bit lighter than the nose implies, but it is still muscular. Will be interesting to see how it evolves once open.
The nose is filled with bacon , game meat, some thyme and spices. The attack is light, the mid palate is medium bodied with good balance. The tannins are pleasant and not obtrusive at all. Clearly in a good drinking window. Judging from the amount of tertiary aromas, this wine is close to fully developed. I will drink the remaining bottles within the next year.
Rhones with Kevin at Chateau Glas (Chateau Glas): Medium and a bit of bricking on the rim. Nice nose with forest floor, white pepper, little funk. On the palate this wine is well integrated with forest floor, raspberries, tar and pepper. Medum finish and smooth tannins. Drink up if you own this wine as I don't see this improving.
I loved this wine. Was perfect with the cassoulet. A manly bottle. Leather, meat, delicious dark fruits. However it would have been even better if it had not followed the first truly spectacular burg I have ever had. Thanks Mark for the hauntingly delicious Pommard.
Decanted for about one hour. Nose of red and black fruits with a touch of bacon and tobacco; full body, red fruits, chocolate, white pepper with nice acidity and 20+ sec finish. Very enjoyable wine paired with venison.
Churchill's: Burgundy vs Bordeaux (Maumee, OH): Meaty, perfumed nose, almost grapey - really lovely. Round body, medium tannins, good acidity. Elegant. I had a few moments thinking it was a little thin, but those didn't last long.
Bright ruby colour very faint maturity around the rim. Slightly subdued nose of cranberries, other red berries,speces and pepper. Bright acidity on the palate with a fantastic lingering almost seductive finish
(1) Double-decanted for about 1.5 hours to oxiginate and remove sedement. Opened up after about a 1/2 hour in the glass. I really enjoyed this wine - very earthy and gamey. No oak and very little tannin. Might improve a little with another year or two
As with all 2001 Northern Rhones that I've tasted, this one showed tremendous acidity. Some bright cherry fruit, but with grapefruit as well, which turned it harsh. Hopefully, this will integrate with age.
Some ageing noticeable in the colour. Clean pepper and red berry fruit nose with nice balanced fruit and cedar taste with soft tannins. Not concentrated or powerful but very good. I like the way this wine gently transits from one layer of flovour to the other. Nice gentle aftertaste. May age a bit more but fine now.
Clear bright medium intensity with ruby-garnet hue. Medium plus intensity on the nose and complex. The blend is developing and showing hints of blackfruits, minerals, smoke, spices, earth and meat. On the palate, the balance is striking with quality ingredients. The wine displays crisp and refreshing acidity along with discrete silky and integrated tannins. The flavour intensity balancing nicely the alcohol levels contribute to the affirmative yet elegant and civilized mouth-feel. The finish is expressive and long. Ready to drink but can age.
Nice perfume, plenty of ripe young fruit, and a long, distinctively spicy finish. Maybe my expectations were too low, but while this does not approach the higher ranking Guigal Cote-Roties, it punches above its weight, I would say. vg+
Medium+ Red. Mixed nose of light fruit and steeliness, slight meatiness. No real reductive edge. Red fruits, light game. Great velvety mouthfeel. Some mineral elements as well. Light pepper spiciness near the finish. Well structured with nothing sticking out. Has a touch of sourness beginning in the midpalate which detracts a bit. Overall, nice wine.
Best of the night, but to be fair, the score might be inflated by a point or two because of the total crap (that shall remain nameless due to excessive price) that preceded this one. After pulling the cork, we were immediately treated to a nose of pepper and gunpowder. After 30 minutes, the nose opens considerably, with the addition of a gamey, though elegant fruit. On the palate, decent fruit that is slightly overpowered by the tannins, that while well behaved should integrate better after a couple of years.
Given what this bottle costs right now, I probably won't reload, but will save the other one 'til 2009 or so.
This wine is approx 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier. Its aged in 80-90% casks (of which about 35% are new); and the rest is aged in barrels that are15-20 years old. Total wood aging is about 36 months. The color is the expected dark red almost opaque. Upon opening the bottle, the recognizable white pepper appearred with hints of smoke and chocolate. This held thru on the palate, smoke, pepper and some dark fruit. The wine seemed to get tighter as it opened in the glass releasing some perfumed scents of blackberry. On the palate the tannins were well integrated as was the oak. Its a bit acidic at this time (and I'm a fan of acidity) so I would suggest waiting 3-5 years before thoroghly enjoying!
Had this as part of the WinoDepot Tasting with Friends. Opened and decanted for 30 minutes. Nose had hints of raspberries and some smoke. Medium to full body finish for a Syrah. I don't know if it was in a dumb phase but I just didn't get anything from this wine. Very unacceptable for the $53 paid at a local store.
I liked the 2000 , which is still better on the moment , but the 2001 is rather disappointing. I tasted this wine already several times ( tried with different food ) and it is still not convincing me ( gave it 84 before because I still had to make up my mind on this) . Not worth the price of 35,00 euro. Maybe it is still to young? Medium body ( lacks a bit of concentration ) , little heat at the ( short ) aftertaste , on the nose not that much flavors. On nose and taste to much herbs and not enough fruit. ( 79-80 ). On all this points: What a difference with the chateau Ampuis 2001 which is for me a fantastic wine and is worth the 65,00 euro !
This is a delicious wine. I would say in another 5 years, this is going to be spectacular. A delicious Syrah.
Wine Spectator 92 points: "Delicious. Smooth and packed with sweet fruit; elegant and racy, delivering layers of rose petals, mocha, raspberries, black currants, smoke and mineral. Full-bodied, the finish seduces with its balance. Tempting now, but will improve with bottle age. Drink now through 2015." (P.M.)
A large, gutsy wine. It's rich and ripe, showing chocolatey oak and a sweet but smooth tobacco leafiness on the nose. Maybe there's a hint of that cigar box aroma that Parker's always talking about. The surprisingly soft palate brings cola and black cherry (Cherry Coke, you might say) and finds a fair balance of acid and tannin. The finish is medium-length and stony. There's no undue heat anywhere. I can't think of anything bad to say about this multi-faceted wine -- except maybe that it's not quite as good on the second day. Lovely. (Tasted twice, on 9/23/05 and 11/25/05, with consistent notes.)