Two bottles from the same case, bought and stored together, consumed about ten days apart: one was way over the hill and provided zero enjoyment, the other was fresh and vibrant and admired by all. Great examples of the Burgundy crapshoot.
When I had this wine three years ago I was mighty impressed and found all sorts of telltale Syrah characteristics. With a moderate amount of age on it this particular bottle has settled way down--it took time and air to bring out subtle notes of leather and olive, and the wine remained remained gentle and reserved until the end. Although there was no "wow factor" of the sort that comes with some of my favorite Rhone wines, this was not a big fat "Californian-style" blob. Much less of the olives than the 6/20 note. Pleasantly low alcohol. Good.
Bright and lively. Zesty lemon with a mildly buttery tone to it. Well done on the acidity front--mouthwatering. Everything is in balance. If it were more complex it would deserve to be compared to a fine Chablis. Excellent.
5/22/2013 4:46:00 PM - Really enjoy reading your notes! If you ever find yourself between Seattle and Vancouver BC, I'd love to have you for a drink with our friendly local wine group. Looks like we drink similar wines.