Northern Rhone Bash at Ivan and Ronnie's house: leather, iron/meat, floral, the nose is the best part of this wine by far. the mid is lighter, black fruit dominated by a spike of acidity. good tart berry on the finish. lighter style wine showing age but still a lot to like here.
Tuesday Night Double Blind Tasting, $40+ (Bin 75): Spicy, a bit dirty on the nose. Taste is a bit ripe, has some baby aspirin and mineral. That tipped me to guess Cdp, wrong. Definitely had some age, color change, so guessed '01 CdP. Still, my WOTN and group WOTN.
Drank along side a 91 Lopez Bosconia. This was terrific. Still a sizable wine in stature esp compared to the Rioja this was complex and nuanced with classic syrah pepper, spice and grilled meat notes. While this wasnt the best vintage for La Chapelle I always find this producer delivers high quality wines that age well. I look forward to exploring my remaining 5 bottles over the next 10 years.
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(Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle) Another impressive looking wine. A dark, glossy, black wine, fading to a deep-red mahogany tinge at the rim. The nose has luscious, smoky, game and meaty fruit. Massive weight on entry, sweet and rounded texture. Packed with fruit. Plenty of tannin, serious and balanced. Correct, firm acidity. This wine will go the distance. Needs five years in the cellar, at least.
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