Dark magenta color. There's dark berries and smoky oak on the rich, lush, inky palate. It smells and tastes like syrah but the fancy oak just gets in the way for me, even though it's not totally overwhelming or disgusting. Hopefully it will integrate with time. It is a stylish wine, but I'd rather drink other producers from St. Joseph. 87+
vin carafé une heure Robe rouge sombre, nez discret avec une touche de gibier,bouche comportant des atomes de cassis, de cuir, de viande. Les tannins et le boisé sont encore très présents et les arômes un peu en retrait : vin à attendre.
Full garnet with a hint of purple. Big oaky nose full of dark fruit and smoke. With air, some meat emerges which is a nice counterbalance to the oak. Similarly, the palate becomes more complex with air. A robust wine to be sure - probably a bit heavy handed - but fine underlying material. Will be interesting to follow the evolution of this wine to see if it ever really integrates. Delicious, yet hopefully just the beginning. We will see as many of the non-la la special cuvee Guigal's have a spotty record in my opinion. Fruit here is just fantastic. (93+?)
Didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Rather strong and immediate nose of petrol, and oaky vanilla at first. Dark fruits emerged in the palate and aroma later. There was also a funny berry taste that I couldn't quite place. I was expecting a bit more from this wine but perhaps since it was not decanted (only aerated with a device) I didn't get the best out of it. Still have a few bottles will try again later.
Decanted for an hour. A deep and rich looking violet with a ruby hue. The nose is coffee cake, fig, plum, spice and mineral. Very round tannins and palate, with a finish that is over 30 seconds. There's a nice toasty oak element on the end. The new oak is showing it's colours and it does not over power at all. Quite full-bodied and not a waif by any stretch of the imagination, with elegant acidity. There's a New-World essence to this , however, the palate tells an older story. A radiant Syrah that will age for quite a while. Drinking nicely now, yet a couple of years will help the matrimony. This prodigious producer has tapped into a very juicy - hot spot in St. Joseph. This is a-typical for the wines that I'm used to from this Northern appellation. Drink 2012 - 2030.
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