At home with a jambalaya...decanted for about 1 hour, drank over 2. Open and ready for business, much more expressive than last bottle.
Color is medium red/garnet, mild bricking. Fresh and youthful at 18 yrs. Dark fruits, cherry, earth, black pepper, savory notes, roasted meats, garrigue, spices. Spices and cherry really stand out on back palate. Soft texture, oak is well integrated.
This is in a great spot right now, would pair with a variety of meats, rich dishes, winter fare...what you want from Syrah driven Rhone. Should hold this level, not sure it will improve much.
Tasted this (decanted from 750ml) alongside my '98 Beau. Polar opposite wines, and if blinded (and if you knew nothing about the '98 vintage of Beau), I would 10 times in 10 trials have gotten these two backward!
Leve's Aug 2015 note below nails this bottle for me today. I would stress that this is still very fresh and very vibrant - no rush. Shockingly, most tasters preferred the Beau to this today, yet with zero disrespect to this wonderful Cote-Rotie. Absolutely worth seeking.
Decanted 1 hr prior to serving. In a great place now, finally showing its distinctive terroir and pedigree. Earlier bottles were clumsily out of balance, showing too much barrel influence and/or dense fruit. Now it's singing.
Drinking right where it needs to be. It's easy to discover the fresh, ripe, sweet, cherries, black pepper and earthy characteristics that make up this soft textured, round, lively wine. It might not improve much from here, but it should remain at this level for another 7-10 more years.
Not much different than last time (with H at Sletten Kro), this a full blooded Syrah, smooth, elegant, true to it's producers, though the oak seems integrated now. The balance is perfect. Maturity is here, if like some primary fruit with your meal, and the textbook notes of roasted meats, olives and garrigue are here. Will keep 5+ years, but very enjoyable now.
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