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Community Tasting Notes (43) Avg Score: 90.4 points

  • Of uncertain provenance. Was unloaded to me for $10 from the bargain bin of a well-regarded wine store. Glad I took a chance.

    Cork: top half dry and clean, good deal; bottom half wet but intact. Top half broke with the Ah-So but a conventional corkscrew took out the bottom half without breaking.

    Rich garnet with light bricking. Initial nose of wet leaves blew off. MInimal funk. The classic syrah nose of rich, bloody meat came to the fore, with notes of iodine, white pepper tobacco and dried flowers on the back end, as well as lean black fruit peeking through. It felt both primal and elegant. Midpalate weight was there with some still-slightly- drying tannins and a 25-30s finish. Satisfying and balanced. Great, mature syrah!

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  • DRC Tasting Group: Rhone Night (Wild Ginger, Seattle, WA): Tasted blind. Acetone, seafood, funky. Old. Faded fruit. Watery, thin, Pretty sure I got a little bit of TCA, as well. But that aside, there wasn't much left to really enjoy.

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  • From a lot purchased in the mid-80's and held in my cellar since. Cork was shrunken at the top but seal was good on the other end. Body was light, good color. Very reticent on PnP, it did open up after decanting and waiting an hour. The fruit was okay, but seemed to be on the fading side of the ledger. Medium length to the finish, over the evening it never did much more beyond the initial blossoming.

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  • Decanted at 5 PM and drunk over the next four hours. The color of the wine showed no sign of age with a medium dark garnet color that was more translucent then I remembered my last bottle. Lots of pepper and earth and dark fruit on the nose. The mouth feel is rich yet somewhat feminine and light on the tongue. The pallet was reflecting the nose and especially the strong spicy and peppery finish. This is a delicious perfectly aged bottle of Hermitage. I could just spend hours smelling this.

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  • Saturday Afternoon @ Weygandt Wines (Weygandt Wines, Cleveland Park, Washington D.C.): So much iodine, olive, and dark fruit. Beautifully silky texture, with lots of florals and earth throughout. This is the 3rd bottle of this I've had and while not as powerful as the first two, this was in a great spot.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/26/2003, (See more on 93 points

    (E. Guigal Hermitage) Pungent strawberry nose; rich, tasty, meaty, roses palate with resolved tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

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