Wow, a 10 year old Condrieu tasting this good? I stumbled on this bottle in the cellar realizing that it’s best days were long gone. I first had it at the French Laundry in Napa many years ago and was so impressed, I bought a case. Most of it was long gone but two bottles managed to survive. My last tasting of the La Doriane two years ago was very disappointing, clearly that was a bottle well past it’s prime. With that, I haven’t been too eager to pop the cork on the next one. Clearly a night and day difference. The nose fill with thick dense tropical fruits, pineapple, apricot predominate. My memory of the previous bottle was dry smoke with little fruit. No such problem here, the fruit is just spilling over the rim. Some smoke on the finish, with linger apricot combined for a medium length finish. The fact that this wine is tasting this good after ten years is just a statement to the quality of the La Doriane. However, given my past disappointing experiences with this vintage, this bottle is clearly the exception from the norm. But what a bottle. Wow!
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