La Las Dinner: More masculine and rough around the edges than its sister 1995 La Mouline. Dirtier and earthier than her too. A wonderful, complex cote-rotie that is amongst some of the best rhones I've had -- though that's maybe not saying as much as it might from some others. A great bottle, but feels young (or perhaps a bit shut down at the moment) and could use a few more years in the bottle.
All great wines share one common trait, you know they are great the moment you meet them. This stunning wine knocks it almost out of the park with its earthy, stone, black cherry liqueur, pepper and spice box aromatics. On the palate, the wine is thick, rich, lush, dense, powerful and magically refined. Still young, beauty this will age for decades.
WSET Diploma tasting group dinner. This was spectacular.....smoke, olive brine, pure dark fruit, minerals, creosote, campfire, bacon....wow. This spends 48 months in 100% new oak and you don't even get a wif of oak. Finish was never ending.....stunning, reference point Cote Rotie.
A little disappointing. Expected something bigger. Still has good structure and tannins. Flavor okay with the usual pepper and spice notes. Maybe should have decanted for longer. Will last several years more. Just wish it had blown us away more than just being a good, solid wine.
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