Infanticide. This will likely get a lot better, considering the vintage. But, again, drank well enough now. A couple of people thought it was Crozes ( theme was Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage), but for most, the Hermitage quality was apparent.
Guigal new releases et al. (Prince Sydney, 40 Hansard Street): Oak! Cream vanilla; polished then concentrated black currant, berry and cherry. Slightly dusty sweet spice. A young nose. More of the same on the palate with a touch of toastiness as well. The tannins are firm but fine. Long, polished, Young, good. Needs a few years to integrate better but the inherent quality is there.
Still getting my sea legs, so to speak, with the northern Rhones. This was a very nice experience, while some other producers have been a great disappointment; especially after the hype they received from the critics. Maybe just bad/flawed bottles. In any case, this Guigal was very solid and I finally have a good appreciation and sense of what is being described when the word "meat" is used in a good way to characterize the nose of northern Rhones. Enjoyed the fruit and the complexity of the nose.
Similar notes to Cote-Rotie. However, the bottle showed quite nicely on THIRD day. The intense woodiness had finally faded and some real classic Northern Rhone blue and black fruit showed through. Forget about the rest of the bottles for five...Summer Olympics.
BYOB HT14#3: #BYOB - Very well made, and quite modern styled. True to its heritage though, with some black pepper, lots of dark fruit, blackberries, blackcurrants and a little plum. On top of this Liquorice, and oaky spices, cloves and cinnamon.
Approachable on the palate, with a medium+ acidity, lots of fruit a bit of tannins, good intensity and a long, dry finish.
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