DRC Tasting Group: Rhone Night (Wild Ginger, Seattle, WA): Tasted blind. Lovely and elegant nose, with warm spice, red fruit and raspberries. A little brown sugar, olive and warm red fruit mingle on the palate. Lengthy finish, with light, fine tannin, and a touch of funk. Impeccably balanced.
I looked at my previous TNs and found it funny how every bottle throws up something different. This one had a somewhat reticent nose at first, though on the palate lay rich notes of strawberry, ripe red cherries and mint. (A bit like being out at sea snorkeling and seeing nothing on the surface, then sticking your head underneath to see teeming schools of fish.) Gradually, the nose opened up to reveal some floral notes. But still, most of the action was definitely underwater (or in this case, under wine...) I couldn't help but notice some browning in the edges though; this wine looks to be maturing quickly. It is drinking nicely now, so I won't push my luck far beyond 3-5 years with my remaining bottles.
Another outstanding bottle of this. A core of really incredibly bright, sappy red fruited flavours framed by all sorts of exotic floral and spicy notes, and more low toned earthy and leathery elements, conveyed with a remarkable sense of finesse on a very polished, medium weight frame. Really elegant, impeccably balanced, and all too easy to drink.
First bottle in 4 years. 2 hour slo-ox. Lovely translucent hue. Started out a bit tired, with very muted fruit and not much else on the palate. However, after 30 minutes in the glass, the wine exploded. Fruit was vibrant and the wine danced on the palate with incredible freshness, complexity and balance. It finished with extraordinary length, finesse and elegance.
We haven't had one of these old favorites in awhile, so Mrs L and I decided to pop a bottle open over dinner at home. Slightly darker and more evolved color than I recall, the nose was most fascinating -- the usual strawberry, kirsch, earth, faint spice box but also some caramel, or something resembling an overripe banana? Amusing. Medium body, terrific rich flavors, alcohol firmly pushed into the background, how strange for this burgundy to have been made in the southern Rhone?!
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