At CVA's 50th birthday gala in NYC - Bouley Botanical - great setting and amazing evening. Drank next to the 91 La Landonne. Great comparison of two extraordinary "La Las"
Dark red/garnet color, some cloudiness, mild bricking. Incredible nose of dark fruits, floral notes, bacon fat, savory/meats. Palate of dark fruits, dark cherry, blackberry, dusted rhubarb on back palate, black truffles, oak still present but integrating. Tannins smooth and resolved
Côte-Rôties - especially La/La, known for being a combination of power and finesse, this was a great example on this evening - doesn't get much better. My WOTN...
Drank at a friend's house. One of the very best wines I have ever tasted. 99 on the nose and 97 on the palate, so we'll settle on a score of 98. Deep floral nose springs from the bottle upon opening and never stops, whispering to the lucky taster, sniff me again. I tend not to like Syrah as a varietal, but the Guigal Cote Roties simply come across as wonderful well balanced deep red wines. Palate is packed with flavor but the wine light on it's feet. Tannins completely tamed, oak fully integrated, and possessing lip smacking acidity to keep the copious fruit in balance. Long satisfying finish. Begs for one more sip. Drinking beautifully now, but has a long life ahead.
1978 Big Boys + friends (Riverpark, NYC): In your face. Very ripe and pure plum fruit, tasty vanilla oak, mouth-filling texture, grippy tannin. All power, not much finesse. Tastes far younger than its years. A little modern/internationalist, but just because I wouldn't know it was Northern Rhone blind doesn't mean it's not delicious. Simple and straightforward for now, but dense enough that I wouldn't be surprised if it revealed a lot more complexity in another decade. My score reflects this potential.
Dark red, little bricking. A modern syrah nose, plenty of dark fruit, relatively clean, not very much bacon. Very concentrated, very youthful, somewhat oaky. This wine was ripe, and good, if somewhat obvious. Paled next to the 1978 La Chapelle it was served with. Which is unfair. I like it, but not worth the current cost. I'll go with A- and not buy any more.
Huge aromas of black fruits, smoke and bacon. Lots of complexity on the nose, lovely balance on the palate, and a very, very long finish. An unbelievably delicious wine. Drink now or hold for many years to come.
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(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) This wasn’t Burgundy, this was an impostor! Ok, I won’t go any further and shame the person that brought it (Michael you know who you are :) ), but I must say that I was actually stunned how Burgundian it was. I am not sure if it was the circle of influence, the actual wine, or the fact that my senses had been drowned in Pinot, but the La Turque actually fit right in and was outstanding.