Still quite reticent. The essence of Côte-Rôtie Syrah, its terroir, and the smoke are present. A wine of precision and also refined elegance, the latter arguably uncommon to the place. Medium plus to high acid, medium minus tannin, remarkable balance, charming finish. Recommend holding for 3+ years. 92-94.
Decanted for 1 hour and served with grilled lamb chops. Iron / mesquite, charcoal, black cherry on nose. Black cherry, cherry, tobacco on palate. High acidity, medium body, sweet tannins noticeable on the long finish. Great with food. Really enjoyed. 92-93. Would buy again.
Low to medium intensity on the nose, though time in the decanter helps it. It's oaky, dominated by aromas of pepper, vanilla and allspice. Little perceptible tannin. Great palate with strikingly bright and ripe fruit, and an even balance, strong acidity, though with short-medium length. Not as much complexity as I would have liked, but this is still young.
As tight as a Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum, with considerable oak tannin and flavor obscuring any real Syrah-ness. Clearly a well-made wine, with all the right parts for aging, but not particularly enjoyable bottle at this stage. Double-decanted five hours before serving.
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