Rhone Night (Zeffir, Dunlop Street): Wow. This had held up really well for a Côtes du Rhône and it was drinking very nicely indeed. It smelt for all the world like a red Burg, a Nuit St-Georges to be exact, with subtle scents of dark cherries, earth, raw meat, spice and wet stones. If we were not having a Rhone-theme dinner, I would have sworn that it was from Burgundy on that nose alone. It was only on the palate where the Rhone character showed up more, with darker fruited blackberries and blueberries mingling with the cherry nuances picked up on the nose. The telltale sign though was a meaty, slightly leathery animale tone on the midpalate that added a good punch to the fruit. I really liked this. Not mindblowing complex, but very interesting indeed, with lots of stuffing for wine of its level too. To add to that, it had a really nice sense of balance and focus and a lovely silky feel, yet still remaining firm enough to carry through into a lip-smackingly satisfying finish, where bits of dried plum and red dates mingled with earthy, meaty and spicey notes. Not the longest end in the world, but really quite yummy. Such a surprise, this was a really good wine and one that seemed quite a bit younger than its 23 years of age would suggest as well.
Medium red, hint of garnet. Very pure nose of aged grenache (sour cherry, root vegetable, milk, tobacco). Smooth and round in the mouth, the wine still has light tannin hinting at the front of the mouth. Flavors are subdued, not exciting by any stretch, but are harmonious with the nose. It works well tonight with grilled homemade Italian sausages and fresh cheese stuffed manicotti in red gravy. A nice showing today for something so nondescript as this, at $7.29, circa 1991. An orphaned bottle from my Dad's cellar.
wow, who would have thought that this would still be alive. This is a great example of perfect storage. Nice sweet maraschino cherries, pomegranate fruits and sweet plums. Lots of old world cellar dust, tobacco and earth. Really nice with great fresh acidity, sweet liqueur and wonderful red fruits.
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