No detailed notes. Extraordinary purity and length. Beef jerky, cured italian salami, and just hours of hedonistic feral qualities that lingered long after the wine itself was gone. The most masculine of any Hermitage I've had from 2000 onwards, with a nonetheless surprisingly soft structure and no heat whatsoever. No sweetness, and I can appreciate the bordeaux-esque qualities noted below, though I almost got a decadent mushroomy/espresso quality that overlapped with some St. Emilion I've had (C. Monbosquet comes to mind).
Worth every penny, and went surprisingly well with grilled king salmon with morels and even better with dark chocolate pecan pie. To be able to drink this on a weekly basis...I can't even imagine where it will be in 10-15 years.
EVS -- Wild game and wilder wines dinner: Nose of dark raspberry and menthol, with a pronounced dollop of oak. A very complex mouth feel, with ripe fruit and mineral, long body. Sparkles with different flavors -- plumbs, sour and sweet dark fruits, vanilla. Very young and powerful, reminiscent of an Aussie style wine making. Liked the taste quite a bit; has a hard time getting past the oak on the nose.
Consumed at The Vineyards in Heathrow FL. Outstanding complexity with major themes around smoky meat, leather and dirt. Dark fruit holding it all together. Layers of flavors that got better and better over the three hours we had it opened. I'd go back for more at the offered price.
Winemaker's dinner with Philippe Guigal (Operakällaren, Stockholm): Medium to dark red colour. Nose with ripe blackberries, blackcurrants, some tar, some signs of maturity with leather and some barnyard notes. Full bodied, palate with dark cherries and blackcurrants, quite concentrated, spice, medium+ tannins with a fine structure. Still rather young, but rather approachable now, 97(+) p. This wine gave me some Bordeaux feeling, but this can be because it was contrasted by a couple of Côte-Rôties. This was the big surprise of the tasting for me, because I had expected this wine to be less accessible, and that it hadn’t emerged from being closed down, which is the way many high-end red 2005s behave. 1,5 months ago, I actually felt that the 2005 Château d’Ampuis was more closed than the 2005 Ex Voto was now.
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