Clear, deep purple in color, medium (+) intensity exhibiting youthful aromas of violets, blackberry, black cherry, black currant, dark chocolate, liquorice, smoke and tobacco. Dry, with medium levels of acidity and alcohol; luscious flavors of aforementioned fruit are presented alongside meaty, earthy/herbal elements. Medium (+) body w/incredible depth. Chewable tannins are quite astringent at present making this almost unapproachable for several hours. Settled down some as time went on but this is still very primary and requires several years of patience at the very least to show its best.
Ap: Dark reddish purple Ar: Very distinct, clean, syrah nose with violets, blackberries, cloves and a touch of pepper. Good intensity at this early stage. Medium to full bodied, with rather available tannins. Beautiful clean syrah palate with ok intensity. Good length
Beautiful wine with very good potential. Would buy if I could get my hands on a few bottles.
Winemaker's dinner with Philippe Guigal (Operakällaren, Stockholm): Dark red with purple notes. Nose with ripe blackberries, violets and liquorice; a classical Syrah nose. Medium bodied (+), palate with blackberries, rather good concentration, good acidity, medium tannins with a fine structure. Young, but approachable now, 90(+) p.
Young nose showing smoked oak, charcoal, acetone and dark deep fruit. On the palate quite dense, with dark and deep young and ripe fruit ending with tart/sour cranberries and lingonberries. Quite tannic at this stage, with good potential and structure built for the future. Nice. 89-90 for now.
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(E. Guigal St. Joseph Lieu-Dit St. Joseph Rouge) Dark ruby color; ripe cherry, ripe red berry nose; fresh, ripe cherry, ripe red berry nose; fresh, ripe red berry, cherry, black cherry palate; medium-plus finish (ripest St. Joseph I've ever tasted, I would never have picked it as St. Joseph in a blindtasting) 90+ points
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