Superb cork, good bottle. Quite young colour, violet with dark, not so brickish tones. Composed, initially tight nose of tart cherries, acid and that the wine will be dry is evident already on the nose. No brett, no VA, but there was earth, mild freshly grinned pepper, beefy. Med/Full bodied, even rather full given its age. Backbone of acid and integrated tannins, well composed, holds together. Some rusticity to this wine, finish was bitter. Very good.
World Cup Final (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): You gotta love these older Guigal wines. This one seemed timeliness, almost like you're looking through a time portal as you raise the glass to your lips. There was a lot of tobacco, dark fruits, earth, and ash. Unapologetically rustic, this is what I miss the most with modern day Hermitage. Beautiful old bones.
Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity. The feel is layered and elegant with black pepper, leather, black cherries, tobacco, and some black fruits. There are still some supporting tannins that provide a nice backbone.
Overall: This needed about an hour to 90 minutes to finally rev up. It's been 5 years since the last bottle and this one was more like my first bottle(which was really good) thankfully.
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