Free Style Wednesday Wine Night (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Popped and allowed to slow-ox in bottle for about an hour before drinking. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, purple colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of meaty animal/game, smoky gunpowder, and dark earth. Developed. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, smooth supple medium tannins, medium body. No animals running around on the palate though. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of red cherry, ripe strawberry, slight raspberry, and granite slate minerality. Medium+ finish. Very good quality. There was something very clearly Rhonish about this, and I was guessing between a Saint Joseph Syrah or a Southern Rhone Grenache-Mouvedre blend. Drinking nicely now. This could still go for another 4-5 years but unlikely to develop much more.
This wine was improved over a bottle consumed in October 2014. This bottle still possessed an earthy barnyard aroma, but was not so overpowering as the prior bottle and dissipated much more quickly. This bottle also did not seem to have the heavy Brett the prior bottle did.
On the palate this possessed rich black fruits with iron, scorched earth, and smoke coursing through the palate. On the finish this bottle also has a bit of espresso and black olive. While this is rustic and chewy, the tannins were polished and finished very nicely. This remains a tight fisted Syrah, but illustrated tonight the promise of the vintage.
This offered plenty of pleasure this evening, and was a very good QPR.
Drank over three days. It's barnyard but you aren't living in the stable. You are just driving by slowly. It's nice medium everything - acid alc body. Black pepper. A little spice. Dark fruit not red fruit. Guigal makes a lot of wine and most of it is well worth drinking at a nice price point.
When I pulled the cork on this, I thought someone had herded a stable of farm animals through the kitchen!
Aroma - This is a barnyard wine with a healthy dose of Brett on the first glass (too much for me). There are aromas of scorched earth, dried leaves, dried herbs, and currant.
Palate - On the palate this is a masculine and rustic wine with a streak of iron that weaves through a bitter cherry on the entry. The iron lashes your tongue on entry, and the bitter cherry really grips the mid palate and holds your tongue hostage. On the finish there are faint notes of caramel, espresso, and black olive. This reminded me somewhat of a youthful Nebbiolo in the mouth.
Overall, I don't know whether to be impressed because of the ruggedness of this wine, or to open my next bottle in a year after my mouth has recovered. Fashioned with an old timers grip. Despite the rusticity, I prefer this style over New World imitations. Day 1 score 87.
Day 2 - The Brett has dissipated and the wine is not as angular as the first evening. Day 2 score 89.
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