Meaty, earthy, truffle-y....rich and decadent. A fine syrah that displayed all the wonderful complexity of aged Northern Rhone syrah you can ask for. Hitting this at, or close to peak. Still has many years of goodness ahead of it, but great right now.
1990s Rhones at Domaine (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Stinky nose at first but with some air it toned down a bit. Rustic, rustic, rustic. This had great dark fruit, charcoal, smoked meats and roasted herbs. Loved this bottle - by hour seven, it was breaking down, but it delivered a lot of pleasure.
Some Blind Bubblies (Tooch's, chicago IL): nose: There is a real savory quality to this with a lot of depth and balance along with tones of black pepper, black fruits, animal hides, violets and some bacon fat.
taste: Full bodied with good tannins still persisting along with medium+ acidity. Very well balanced with a rustic take on the tones of blackc pepper, black fruits, animal hides, leather and some bacon fat.
overall: I caught this later in the day, and I am very glad I did. This was a wonderful Verset that has a long way to go.
N:Upon opening, lots of stink that eventually blew off. Some persistent notes of green (fern, fresh olives) Transparent garnet, with slight bricking at the meniscus as an afterthought. P: A bit four squared, thin and textureless with surprising higher acidity, savoury flavours mingle with some dusty spices, and an also orange-citrus finish recalling older burgs. An interesting wine that should have been drunk a while back. At no moment was I blown away. Bought from auction, so no idea of storage. Drink up. I poured a bit to marinate my bavette and still have 4 more to go. 12.5%abv.
Reeking with brett, iodine and skunky aromas at first. With some time the funk clears a little and reveals bright red fruits, green olives and vivid leathery and bloody notes. There's a remarkable sense of lightness and gentleness on the palate that's an incredible contrast with the wild, rustic flavours; compelling though not for everyone.
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(Noel Verset Cornas) Quite an opaque wine, but not as richly coloured as some. Packed with fruit on the nose. The nose is packed with blackcurrant jam. On the palate, there are tannins and firm acidity. A touch of finesse and elegance though. This should improve nicely over the next three or four years.
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