Decanted 30 minutes. Even on a hot summer night this wine delivers. Always showing some oak, but well integrated with great fruit, leather, and a long finish. Just a well balanced wine that always hits a sweet spot with me. A
Tasted next to 2001 La Turque and La Landonne. Wonderful fruit on nose and palate, very expressive, slightly floral with notes of spices and smoked meat. On the palate quite open - the tannins are very much present but ripe and almost soft and in the background. Expressive, spicy with luscious fruit, good acidity, nice tannic grip towards the very long finish. Delicious. Drinking very well, but this will keep and might still improve. Certainly the most approachable of the three LaLas. 94-96
Having never had a Cote-Rotie before, this was very delicious as well as educational. Nose is shy initially, but after a couple hours of air it came alive. Dark fruited, dense, brawny, and I finally get what people mean when describe the flavour profile with smoky meat. A subtle hint of green pepper on the finish along with light acidity, which added to it's intriguing nature rather than being perceived as green. The finish was a bit heavy initially but with time it became long and graceful.
Double decanted for 2 hrs. Deep red with a barely bricking rim. Nose of pepper, tobacco leaves, licorice and smoke. Initially grippy and soon yield a smooth currant palate, concentrated but good balance with mild acidic finish. Shall continue to age well.
Broody big and dense, with alluring smoky meaty and bacon notes. Full bodied, dense, very powerful and very acidic on the palate, this is a full frontal assault. It is not harmonious and needs time to settle down. There's is nothing elegant here yet. The acidity makes it edgy. However it could develop into something quite profound in 20 years from now.
Tasted blind. I had no trouble pegging this as a Cote Rotie - it was just so textbook. Very floral, hugely concentrated plummy fruit, with massive acidity that gets your juices flowing. Very slight undertone of white pepper, bacon and clay. Rich and harmonious.
Decanted 2 hours, but was decent right out of the bottle. With some air this was flat out great, and the wine of the night for many. Solid fruit, nice mixture of game, leather, earth, and the framing of toasty vanilla on the finish. Great wine. A
Absolutely a fantacy. It's the best expression of both power and elegance. Inky ruby colour, explosive violet, graphite, white pepper,liquorice, fur, black berries, mint,vanilla...the feeling in the mouth showed its youth.Full-bodied, but with sharp acidity, the tannins are still nervous, thus closed. The integration of acidity, tannin and alcohol is not yet perfect, yet will be a absolute beauty in 5 years' time.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. The explosive nose is packed with licorice, flowers, wet earth, smoke, fresh red and black fruits and spice. On the palate, the wine is intense, full bodied and expansive, finishing with layers of powerful, refined, bright, fresh berries, spices and smoke. Drink now, or in a decade, either way, you will be rewarded with pleasure.
Brilliant. Decanted for 3 hours. The wine showed most of its stuff this evening, but needs another 5 years to really shine. The supple and deep complexity balanced with sweet fruit makes this one of my favourite wines.
2001 La, La shoot out. Medium garnet, quite light in color for a Syrah. Nose of torrefaction, meat, sweet spices with an acidic and alcoholic touch. On the palate medium-light bodied with a bit of a whole in the mid palate, soft tannins, attractive aromatics but strong acidity that thows it out of balance, a mere shadow of the Landonne. Did not much improve with time in the glass.
This was the WOTN by a long margin - pitted against the 1990 Lynch Bages, the 1993 Latour, a 1985 Echezeaux Grand Cru, a 1985 Sabon single vineyard CdP, a 1986 Beringer Private Reserve, among others. What an amazing wine. An incredibly complex nose of spices, cinnamon, cloves, bacon, smoke, black fruits. A very deeply layered wine, with amazing balance and fruit. This will last for years, and I plan to open my last botle of this in 5 years.
Decanted 7 hours. Awesome nose of cocoa, roasted coffee bean/espresso, vanilla bean, black cherry and raspberry extract, smoked game; clearly heavily oaked, which is just fine given the concentration of fruit. Open on the nose, but closed on the palate--despite a round, meaty mouthfeel, the acidity is overbearing and destroys the underlying fruit flavor profile. Way too young; needs 7-10 years.
Dark cherry nose with notes of earth, mushrooms, matchbox, quite intense. Very good concentration, fine acidity, med+ body, extremely well built, powerful and discreet. Very-very good palate, just a touch spicy, nicely red toned with some olives and not too much obtrusive oak. Spicy finish and the oak shows more in the aftertaste, complex, very long and very fresh. Excellent and should only improve.
Absolutely stunning wine with beautiful red fruit. Quite elegant even though it is so much power here. I had it decanted for almost 3 hours and I could have gone for longer. The food pairing with a Tagliata was top class.
Drank with Tom, Nick and Bruce over dinner at Totoraku, along with a 1985 Monfortino (the winner), a 2000 Harlan (well made wine in a bad year, the bad year wins out in the end but it's still pleasant enough) and a surprisingly good 2005 Rocchioli Pinot, don't know the vineyard.
This wine was just starting to show after six hours of decanting and probably needs twelve before it comes out to play. When opened, incredibly tight, even astringent. I was almost afraid it was an off bottle. Several hours later, nose of cheery, licorice, a little bacon but the nuances were just starting to emerge. Much more open on the palate at this time. Went very well with food -- we had a lot of cow flesh at this "secret meat restaurant". Would have loved to give this another two hours. I have two bottles left -- you could certainly hold another few years, but my sense is it's drinking well given enough time to open -- and it takes a lot of time!
Just a few notes. This wine has great potential and has firm acidity and tannin still. Drying bitterness in the finish. Good fruits and a lot of spiciness. Still very youthful and rustic. For now just 94, but around 2017 probably a few points more. Great to taste it now already!
Game and Rhone Tasting @ Peggy's (Villa Reynart, Opoeteren): This is exceptional stuff. Very soft and seductive, when compared to the Turque 97 which was served alongside. The freshness in this wine (bright acidity, clean and pure red and black fruit) is appealing and uplifting while its structure is classical and timeless. Very creamy and round without losing focus. Juicy midpalate carries on through the long and effortless finish. Spicy barnyard complexity is present but certainly not overbearing. 18,5/20
An evening of Guigal La La's, Champagne and a few treats! (Scott & Jo's): My favorite of the 01 trio, but I think I was in the minority. The nose to me, was the most expressive, but perhaps it just had the elements I like better. It was the only one I really got that bacon fat quality I prize in Northern Rhone Syrahs. Also, black raspberries, violets and some other floral note, coffee and kirsch. On the palate, the texture is thick and lush. Great balance. Still a wall of tightly wound layers on the palate, but just delicious. A nice compliment of acidity. Lovely wine.
Jen's Birthday (The Bristol - Chicago IL): Double decanted but it really needed 4-6 hours in a decanter or preferably another 10+ years in the cellar. Impossible to fairly assess in any way, other than point out the obvious incredible underlying raw materials.
Dinner with Alex and Eric (The Press Room): as a big fan of La Mouline, this was a huge disappointment. despite being in a decanter for more than an hour, it was still tightly shut. oak was way too overwhelming and finish was dry with harsh tannins. extremely backward and cannot be enjoyed at this stage.
Deep ruby with a garnet/black core. Soaring aromatics of black cherries, blood sausage and gravel are framed by a spicy oak element that is sinking nicely into the depths of the wine. The palate is beginning to round into a full, complete wine with superb balance and decent explosiveness. A bit more time is needed to fully bring things together. A wine one feels lucky to be experiencing. Top drawer stuff. (96+)
All the 2001 Lalas are excellent and ready to drink, just found this particualar bottle a bit heavy on the oak to start off with. But there is no denying that this is a terricfic bottle of wine, highly concentrated without being hot, wonderful black fruit without being jammy, silky tannins and a super long dry aftertaste.
Initially a more meaty, spicy, and restrained wine. Medium body. With time really pitchy aromatics - more floral and nutmeg/cinnamon spice. Well structured, which comes through on the finish, but very nice balance throughout. Really nice.
Almost black in color. Nose of fresh lingenberries. Tastes of black cherry, white pepper and blueberry. Excellent balance. Nice depth in the mid palate with an extremely elegant finish. At this point in time I was rating this wine in the 94 range. However, after about 2 hours in the glass I began to pick up a little TCA. What a shame but a great wine nonetheless.
not decanted. i got a lot of brett on this wine immediately, but the fruit seemed more open than the bottle i had with BradE last october. i don't consider myself very sensitive to brett, but as the night wore on, it bugged me with this bottle. eventually, a very experienced companion taster decided it was corked. in any event, a weird bottle, and one i won't rate. one clear thing to report, there still remains a lot of tannin. hold.
dinner with brad england in minneapolis, my bottle. double decanted 2 hours. shows a little tight. the nose is fab, but then the midpalate can't follow. needs time (duh!) to let the tannins shed, and the oak to integrate, and i think it will. however, not a blockbuster.
Dinner with Eric Solomon and Daphne Glorian. The nose on this wine was just extraordinary. It did not have a big bacon-fat thing going on but it was intensely floral and exotic. Wild berries and Asian spice. Wish I had more of this in the cellar. I cried leaving half a glass on the table but one can only imbibe so much.