10+ Year Old Frenchies (Bistro Dre, Chicago, IL): Served double blind. A wow nose with amazing power, depth and complexity with big meaty, olive, bacon and black pepper nose. The nose is savory and unmistakably Cote Rotie. The good times keep rolling on the palate with medium-to-full body and crazy persistence and length. Largely echoes the nose. Meaty and delicious. Long finish.
Just 30 minutes in the decanter, and this was already in the zone. Unmistakably La-La, with aromas that seem to get on some express train of receptors to the brain, because the smile crosses your face before you're even half way into the first sniff. I let this sit in the glass for an hour as we tasted through several other wines, I can't say it got better, just different. It's rock solid right now, and totally on-point, so open one soon if it's been a while. The finish is at least a minute long; maybe closer to two, actually. highly recommended, drink thru 2018
Opened for 2 hours without decanting. Ruby color, rich red berries first nose attack, followed by a touch of sweet corn and leather. The medium bodied juice showed a lighter than expected palate thus a medium finish. It is however quite well balanced, smooth and able to give a sense of pleasure. It lasted towards the end of dinner for about 1.5hours.
Bottle of Pain dinner (Ibiza, New Haven, CT): I've found some of Guigal's LaLas too oaky or heavy-handed in the past, but this bottle's really fantastic - vividly smoky and meaty with pure black olive and red fruit flavours and a sharp saline/umami aspect on the back end. It's quite light on its feet with the fruit fresh but not heavy and a bright acid spine beneath keeping it very well balanced. Lovely wine.
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