Nice bottle of wine,found a beautiful bargain and bought two of these,good stuff.I was afraid it would be past its prime but it wasn't,went beautifully with sauteed prawns and black rice.Good complexity,the floral that some members of CT were complaining about died down a notch and it was very good,with touchs of citrus and some resin.Drink it up.
Some burnt rubber on the nose leads with the least appealing aspect of this wine. Otherwise, "it tastes like Christmas," as a fellow taster noted. Candied ginger, pine, warm spices and some peaches. (Ok, so that last one doesn't really fit the theme.) If only that burnt rubber wasn't there, this'd be awesome.
NOSE: expressive tropical aromas of papaya and lemon pith; quite engaging, and much fruitier than I’ve come to expect from Condrieu; develops a slightly waxy oxidative edge with time in the glass.
BODY: golden yellow color of moderate depth; medium to medium-full bodied.
TASTE: richly-fruited --- moreso than what I’ve come to accept as typical for Condrieu; orange blossom and papaya flavors with a moderately strong mineral support; oily mouthfeel; richly flavored. This manages to escape the “minerals and alcohol” plague that, to my palate, seems to infect the vast majority of Condrieu wines. While this is lovely now, I would love to taste this with 5 more years on it --- will easily go longer than those 5 years, if you want it to. Maybe the best non-late-harvest Condrieu I’ve tasted. Very nice.
EDIT: I noticed, as I went to put this note into CT, that I tasted this wine nearly four years ago: this wine has improved significantly since that time, with much more fruit flavors now than in February of 2009.
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