A typical although somewhat subdued La Turque nose. The palate has dry dark earth, faint dark fruit, and light tar at first but fades after an hour and becomes somewhat bitter on the backpalate. A challenging vintage that this bottle could not rise above. Drink now, drink within an hour, and with food.
Opened next to a 1994 Penfolds Grange, this cote rotie came across as slightly subdued and backward initially, though it opened up gradually to reveal a dark, lush smoky wine that was deliciously mature and approachable. Slightly lower on the complexity scale than the Grange, and noticeably lacking a creamy veneer, it is nonetheless a very enjoyable example of N Rhone Syrah.
The fruit on this is simple stunning. It may not be the finest example of La Turque but the quality of the wine is evident. Beautiful soft fruit and such fine tannins. This wine had no hard edges and is quite balanced. Thanks JL.
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