Looking back at previous notes, I've realized this is the 3rd bottle I've opened this year. Based on the experience, I'd say this is about right. Mature, positively browning, this wine is well into its drinking window and in fact on the verge of exiting it altogether. The usual fresh strawberry and raspberry of Rayas has been overtaken by notes of prune and overripe apple which you've then left out on the kitchen counter so long it has gone all brown on you. It's still an enjoyable wine to drink, but having encountered this wine a few years earlier and enjoyed the experience a great deal more, I have to profess a faint note of disappointment mixed in with those otherwise pleasant red berries...
Consistent with previous bottle, this was very evolved and mature, dark red with some noticeable browning almost hinting at oxidation. Strawberries pickled in brandy is the funny impression that came to mind as I took a deep breath of the wine swirling in the glass. (Now I know what to do with leftover strawberries in future!) The palate retains the defining lightness and delicate berry flavors of Rayas, but as with the last bottle there was that very slight, sweet spicy alcoholic edge that has Southern Rhone written all over it. A delicious contradiction is what Rayas is -- Chateauneuf du pape with Chambertin characteristics (with apologies to Deng Xiaoping...)
Le bouchon était submergé, mais le vin n'était pas altéré. Très beau nez avec une pointe oxydât ivre, mais le fruit y est encore. Comparé avec la chapelle 1994 de jà boulet, le rayas s'est mieux démarque. La chapelle pouvait encore y aller pour une coupe d'années. La finale aurait mérite un peu plus de longueur, mais c'est super
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