Quite the majestic showing tonight. Pebbery, cool, tight, yet quite complex already. This is an archetype of Côte-Rôtie, very young, still, but the lighter vintage allows drinking now, of you decant - and serve some red meat. (at Marchal, Årets Restaurant)
Medium garnet color, medium body, almost burgundy-like in weight; nose is light, shows just a bit of mature oak; palate is moderately rich, somewhat sweet and ripe, good acidity, round and smooth, blunted somewhat by oak treatment. No hard edges, very silky and polished, but the ripe sweetness is distracting, and the lack of any obvious complexity makes this little more than an uninteresting cocktail wine. Those seduced by the high scores and prices for this wine should seriously consider exploring the genre a lot more deeply to find out where Syrah's greatness really lies.
Saturday Night Double Blind, $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with aged crimson rim; some ripe strawberries and cream off the bat, some oak, brambly fruit, red and dark, a green note which told me '04, Cameroun cigar, green coffee beans, nose seems like a mix of new and old school; velvety mouthfeel told me this was N. Rhone Syrah, a little black pepper, vanilla cram, plummy, dark cherry, ripe and seemingly a warmer region; not exactly as refined as you would expect from Cote Rotie but this was a nice wine; this probably needs more time; terrible QPR; called '04 Chapoutier Ermitage; 91+.
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