Really nice wine. Kicked into high gear after being open for 4 hours. Lots of depth and delicious. Nose: slightly smoky, hint of dried venison/game meat, sun dried raspberry, horse barn. Mouth: cherry, raspberry, sweet charcuterie, white pepper.
OK, so this is the first Cote Rotie I ever tasted. I was hoping for an exclusive taste like my newfound lovebirds Courbis Cornas Champelrose 2004, Michele Jemms Muriette Cornas 2006 and Crozes Hermitage 2006 but maybe even better since Cote rotie is so legendary and playing hard to get. Upon opening , the first whiff made me happy. the scent of a real wine that makes me so happy. So far so good. Nice textures fell in the mouth, slight hints of smoke and olive, like I expected, but it is overshadowed by chocolate and cedar. fine finish, some spice, thyme and rosemary. PErhaps with more aging the oak will integrate and make those nice north rhone flavours appear better.
Clear dark ruby. Medium + body. Nose: Aromatic, earth, spice and some funk. Palette: Chocolate, pepper, earthy deep dark fruit. Not very complex but big and bold and thick. Drink with a pork tenderloin.
Nicely concentrated with smoky dark fruit. Oaky and peppery with a touch of heat. Finish was long although I felt that the wine was a little one dimensional. Still quite structured; could use another 3-5 years to reach its full potential.
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