Nose is a little tight, tart, and doesn't give up much other than some interesting salinity, iron-driven red soil, and cranberry. Thin cranberry juice and raspberry on the palate. The wine is definitely still alive and delivers good fruit while the tannins are quite grippy. Some more developed notes of menthol, brown sugar, and herbs emerge.
Superb wine. We had an overload (excessive really) of great Rhones on this night and it was interesting to try La Landonne, La Turque, La Mouline, Chave, La Chapelle and Clape in successive flights with proper food. This wine seems very young and it took the longer then the 79 La Mouline to unwind. Firm and seemingly ageless, this comes off as very pure Syrah. Bacon, smoke, garrigue, black berries etc.. My previous experiences with the La las have not been remarkable, but now I wonder if it is really just a matter of age. This wine could last for decades.
Murky in color, spice, jammy black raspberry, candy apple with cinnamon, earth, wood, smoke and cherry pipe tobacco aromas led to a wine that was starting to fade in its spicy, cherry finish. Drink it if you have some, as there is no reason to hold this wine.
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