Medium dark red. Frying bacon and leather dominate the nose, with plum jam, garrigue. Light tannin, balanced acidity. Delicate texturally in the mouth, the wine seems mature; flavors match the nose entirely. Elegant, restrained. Bottle #1 of one.
Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium+ acidity and good silky tannins. This was very balanced with good depth and savory tones of violets, dark red cherries, bacon fat, and some incense on the back end.
Overall: This was a later opened bottle. If it had even more air it may have shown even better. Still, it was a gorgeous Cote Rotie that showed a more elegant side.
Red cherry, brewed plum, meat juices, worn leather, meat juices, crushed dark rock and blossum. Medium bodied and poised. Graceful, resolved and highly perfumed finish. Ready now but should continue to evolve over the next decade.
Black as night, this Cote-Rotie had an amazingly intoxicating bouquet of wet earth, roasted meats, crushed rose petals and mushrooms. Sadly, the palate betrayed the nose. In the mouth it was quite light and refreshing with red berries and a soft, plummy note; not at all bad, just not what I expected after such an amazing nose.
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