Once again, nothing particularly wrong with this but its a tad soulless, which has been somewhat of a consistent theme. I'd hoped that some time since my last bottle, and since the vintage, would have given it some more character but it really wasn't to be.
Tasted blind at the "Rhone Wine Tasting" at Bistro provence, Bethesda Powerful aroma: Great wine; tar and wood. Lots of structure and depth, for me the WOTN. Will go on forever and a day.. Guessed the age correctly
I love this wine even though I felt teased and somewhat unfulfilled by it. After 16 years it still tastes young and is still a deep gorgeous purple, with a generous and sublime nose of crushed blueberry and minerality that are the hallmark of the northern Rhone that I adore. The nose of a great northern Rhone, in fact, is for me one of the highest pleasure in the kingdom of wine. (When I invigorated the decanter definite animal smells were stirred up, but I hardly picked them up in the glass.) The mouth was characteristic and pleasing and, amazingly, still somewhat green, but there was a sense of completeness missing in the mid palate that prevented the wine from entering the realm of the stratospheric. The fact that even with something essential missing the wine is still wonderful and interesting says a lot.
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