Friday Night Double Blind Semi-Mondo $80+ (Bin 75): Dull dark core with dull red ruby edge; funk galore, smoked meat, plum, dark berry, pepper, black olive, leather; good fruit, less green than I expected, almost black currant, ripe with good acid, still some ashy tannin, tart berry deep, rich, Burgundian but clearly Rhone, gamey; good but a bit heavy; did not scream its nobility.
Extreme value. Bought in mag. Lighter year in Northern Rhone, but very balanced with beautiful barnyard stink melding into traditional Cote-Rotie spice and dark fruit. Every element is there. Buy some if you can find em at the prices going around.
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