Powerful nose of feasant, ripe strawberries, leather, roasted meat... surprizingly young, with red and black cherries, fresh, ripe tannins, mineral... almost no sign of age in the mouth... incredible for a Côtes du Rhone!!
More love for 2001 SoRhos. Best showing yet from this case. Tannins fully resolved. Red fruit driven with a nice touch of funk and herbs in the nose and on the palate. Like a mid weight CdP. Peaking, but should be fine for another few years. $12 well spent.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 4 hours --
NOSE: light raspberry, strawberry and red currant mélange; strong mineral note; lightly herby; a touch smoky or a slight matchstick note; moderate- to moderate expressiveness.
BODY: medium-light to medium bodied; garnet core with bricking throughout; color is of medium-light to medium depth.
TASTE: good acidity; drying tannin; moderately strong garrigue note; clean, with light concentration of typical, Grenache red fruit flavors; hint of sandalwood; fruit is very light; lots of acidity; 14% alc. is not noticeable; no point in holding off on these any longer: drink now.
Fully mature now, this is all about complexity and nuance. There is a bit of funk on the nose, garrigue, dried fruit. Then on the palate there is plenty of mint, pine needles and herbs. It is obvious that this is an honest wine and because of that it is utterly satisfying. While I'm not a big fan of drawing parallels to other wines/regions this does indeed taste like a mature Burgundy. The last bottle I have left should be consumed in the not too distant future.
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