Another exceptional showing. Very ripe and intense dark fruit driven nose, blackberries, rare bacon fat and dark spices. Exceptional concentration, unctuous/almost chewy, ripe sweet black fruit driven palate impression, good acidity and nicely integrated tannins. Still very primary but very promising. If you like the opulent primary fruit, this is perfectly enjoyable. The wine to look for at auction sub $100, if you like the style of La Las. For some folks, so many reasons not to like. It is a hedonistic wine for my palate.
First bottle...decanted 2-3 hours and then sipped over 2 more....enjoyed but no wow moment. Heat and ripeness in balance but the wine showed few signs of age...DCWino describes pretty well but not sure I'd score as high No rush on the rest
Söt mogen frukt med körsbär och björnbär, en smörig doft av chark, liljor, lakrits, mortadella. Kanske väl eldigt och väl mycket mogen frukt men det är ändå så jäkla gott. En vin man vill dricka i stora klunkar.
A small gathering at Mark's duck house - Mostly French (Marks duckhouse, Falls Church, Va): This has developed nicely. Very ripe nose with roasted dark fruits as one can expect but not heavy, black fruits, blackberry and black cherry, charred steak, bacon fat and dark spices. Excellent concentration, intense jammy dark fruit driven palate impression, good acidity, nicely integrated tannins and good finish with intense sweet end. It is evolving nicely. A very good example of the 03 Northern Rhone, ripe yet balanced, of course YMMV. It is still very youthful and will improve at least ten more years. No need to hurry. The best showing so far.
This bottle was a lot tighter than the last one I commented on. Decanted for several hours, expecting the wine to open up nicely. However, it remained fairly tight on the nose and the palate. Beautiful dark colour, a somewhat reticent nose of black fruits, a little bacon and smoke with coaxing. On the palate, the acidity is strong, and the fruit only just shows through. A beautiful wine, but this needs time. Try again in 3-5 years.
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(Guigal Côte-Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis) This, however, is better. There is some good fruit on the nose here, with rather more direction and poise than the Brune et Blonde. It has a good structure, which carries the fruit along well, giving it a much better style. It has an appealing firmness. It is still marked by the vintage, though, with a rather confit edge to the fruit. Nevertheless, a good wine.
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