Drank at Oinoscent wine bar. Medium to dark straw. Expressive and complex nose of nectarine, apricot, quince, beeswax, acacia flowers and marzipan. Some hints of undergrowth indicating maturity. Oak effect is perfectly integrated despite 24 months in oak. Almost full-bodied, creamy and dense with medium to low acidity and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Long aftertaste. Excellent.
Decant and drink a bit warmer than you normally might
Dried apricot, thyme, touch of pool shed on the nose. Pear, persimmon. Acid is fine. Finish is a bit weak. Overall enjoyable.
If my comments don't connect with the 91 score it's because this didn't evolve much. First sip was just as pleasurable as last. Was excited upon opening and a bit disappointed at the finish. Probably give this 1-3 years.
Guigal Hermitage blanc 2007-2009 (Winegate): Clear med gold color. The nose is clean, med+ intensity, offering more complexity than 2007 & 2008, almond notes, a thin layer of oak, ripe pear, never ending presence in the glass, youthful. The wine is dry, med+ body and intensity, med acidity and alcohol (14%), ripe fruit, balanced, pineapple and pear, a few bitter refreshing notes in the med+ finish. Outstanding quality, premium price, drinking already but can hold
This was drank to early in life but I had to try it. This had a nice deep golden color to it. The nose told you this had a bit of weight behind it. That weight was not overbearing in the mouth but helped add to the subtle nature of this wine. This has a bit of growing to do in the bottle to even a few of the edges. All in all a very pleasant bottle that will be better in a year or 2. Drink 2015-2020
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