Attractive medium nose has olives, pepper and roasted black fruit. Typical northern Rhone, admittedly the fruit is a little ripe/roasted. Palate is smooth and well balanced with nice savory fruit on entry. The intensity and flavors fades on the mid-palate into a demure finish.
This has turned into a very solid bottle of wine. Very typical Syrah profile of pepper, herbs and red fruit. Has developed good balance with time. Medium weight and decent flavor depth for its peer group. Lacks complexity and certainly does not live up to some of the critic's scores. That aside, delicious mature Northern Rhone for drinking over the next few years. (88)
Opened about 1 hour prior to tasting. Initially smelled and tasted dead, but was allowed to remain in bottle for another 2 hours. Slowly came around to show black pepper, plum, blackberry, oak, and tobacco notes. Some leathery character also came about with more air. This definitely got better with age, though never got to a truly high level. A quality wine that is drinking probably about as well as it'll drink.
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