Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 90 points

  • Perfectly stored half bottle. Light ruby with a touch of orange. I cannot find descriptors that are adequate for this wine. Perfumed. Kaleidoscopic. The complex nose still includes a whiff of dark cherry, but it then brings up earth, coffee, leather, game and lavender. The palate adds black pepper and is both refined and powerful. These signals went right to the deep olfactory portion of my brainstem, where they will live on and on, forever and forever. A stupendous wine.

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  • Tasted with the Hermitage from the same vintage they were both delicious but the Cote Rotie is a clear step up in quality.

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  • Light red with clear browning. Fall leaves and soil notes in the bouquet. Not an un-pleasant rotten soil profile, but rather more like wet forest floor. The wine had a perculiar acidid flavour profile that I found a bit hard to deal with. Analyzing things further, I found the wine still possessed a good structure and definition. But this wine would have probably been a touch better ten years ago - for a wine with 34 years on the back (like myself) this is still pretty impressive. But drink up.

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