Abysmally disappointing. Nose eventually revealed something resembling a Syrah bouquet. On palate, thin, acidic without any charm and well past whatever had been its best Personal observation is that Guigal's Cote Rotie and Hermitage "generic" labels do not last well beyond 12 years.
Medium crimson with clear rim. Aromas of dark fruit/ cherry/ cocoa with light smoke. Medium plus weight in mouth, sweet silky tannins which awe well integrated. Medium/ medium plus length. Drinking really well right now. As previously noted, this is a feminine Hermitage, very enjoyable
Purple color with a barnyard bouquet and with a vague flavor of fruit and leather. Not a very compelling wine, with no balance or nuance. Probably over the hill. Second bottle tasted the next day was very similar.
More ripe dark fruit with a level of ripeness I did not get in previous bottles with an almost grenache-y plumpness. Medium full bodied and well balanced, with white pepper, black olives, rare gamey meat, and good savory notes. There is clarity and poise here. An outstanding, very enjoyable and well made, but to pick nits, not very distinctive wine drinking at peak. Probably would have showed a bit better with food, but this day at work necessitated this half bottle being finished prior to the food being ready. 91 pts.
Hermitage and other N. Rhones (Jeff K's.): This is in a very nice place now, probably about as good as it will get. No hurry though. The nose has black raspberries, some bacon fat and a bit of spice. Lovely texture. Complex. Not a brute but still plenty of fruit. Long finish.
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