Decanted for a good hour. To be honest this wine is a touch stewed and maybe the winemaker here misjudged what 2005 ripeness can do to a wine. Also it didn't help we had it next to the 2001 Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (Papies 94+) which was utterly balanced. This felt a bit overweight, heavy wine albeit not powerful in new world style. Still lacked charm. Maybe age is needed here?? 89 at best
Enjoyed at Del Frisco's Fort Worth. This one was decanted probably a couple of hours ahead of time. Dark, dark red/black into the glass. The nose was deep, dark northern Rhone Syrah, classic. Not as jammy as Cali Syrah for sure, this one was darker and filled with truffle scents in addition to the black currant. The initial palate was fig and blackberry, a little sweet but mostly darker fruit for sure with a full, darker palate. The wine was very masculine, grilled meat in the middle with a full bodied blackberry currant in the middle. Finished with some tannin, and had a rather significant amount of black pepper. This one was good, dark, full bodied. Very nice wine, and really I think just a baby with a lot of room for improvement.
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(Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle) Deep garnet with a magenta rim. Aromas of wet earth, game, menthol, and cedar, with blackberry fruit in the background and a hot alcohol in the foreground. Firm tannins backed by noticeable acidity. Although the wine is somewhat closed now, it has a complex finish and a well-focused structure. Terroir: Hermitage