Tasted single blind in a mixed new/old world flight. A young and amazingly complex wine in an animale style. Full nose is loaded with sauvage notes (earth, leather, armpit), black olives, cracked pepper and lean black fruits. Palate is rustically styled with leathery, earthy black fruits. Still quite young and a bit disjointed as the fruit and structure are out of sync. Needs time. 2-3 points of upside.
The Rotating Dinners, Vol. 5: Blinds from Around the World (Chicago, IL): Served double blind in a flight of syrah. Easily guessed as Northern Rhone, but I instead went to Cornas. This was a very feral and wild bottle of syrah, with lots of meat and olives, and tons of rusticity. Perhaps the tannic structure here wasn't as firm, but it was that wild quality about this wine that stood out for me. The palate is quite silky, though there is still some of that feral animale quality. Showing very well now -- I've said before that I find Levet a bit too wild, but perhaps a bit of age does tamp that down a little bit. That, and blind tasting.
Certainly enjoyable now, though time will surely help develop more of those nice Cote Rotie tertiary notes. Dark fruit, spice, torrefaction; at times a bit of lavender and bacon. I prefer a slightly finer silhouette.
Decanted. Clear dark garnet-blood red. Superb bouquet of fresh black fruit, camphor, mint, extinguished campfire, light bacon fat. Slighter bitter tannins at first, becoming more mellow and balanced after an hour. Seems young with a promising future. My #1, group's THIRD PLACE.
Young and hard edged. Dark red, nice but reticent nose. Palate has great fruit, pepper, some earth tones. Good acidity but very structured with hard tannins. This has plenty of fruit and acid to age, with time this should become pleasant as the tannins soften.
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