Easter with McG Family; 4/3/2015-4/5/2015 (Gerroa): Silky, balanced, lovely texture. Med wt dark fruit and soft spice flavours. The weight is soft to medium, with age most likely having softened it up. Pleasingly refined but not overly expressive flavours.
Deep ruby almost to the edge. Cedar/pine wood and just a smidgeon of florality. Medium weight. Diffuse black tinged fruit is overpowered by acidity and the chocolate/cocoa quality of the oak which leaves an unpleasant dryness at the end. Where is the rich, fruit-filled wine that others describe? This is entirely consistent with a bottle I had 5 years ago; no noticeable improvement whatsoever. More smoke and mirrors than real substance here, I'm afraid, at least for the bottles I've had.
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(E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis) Dark purple violet color with cherry red meniscus; beautiful lilac, ripe cherry nose; tasty, concentrated, ripe cherry, black fruit palate with sweet tannins; long finish