Weekly tasting group; New years tasting with some young and mature wines (My place): Beautifully mature and elegant bouquet with good spiciness and some minerals. On the palate red berries still, herbs and spices, beautiful acidity and soft tannin. Long finish and fully mature now, but no hurry either. Last time I tasted it (in 2009) it was still too young, but now it is an elegant and mature beauty. I have one more bottle for a special moment between now and 2018.
Decanted an hour. Garnet. Medium legs. Red fruit, strawberry, and celery (which blows off) nose. Bloody meat, iodine, dark berries, and a mouthfilling finish. I'd decant this, but it's really drinking well as a food wine.
Toronto Cru Monthly Tasting - July 2015 (Jay's Place - Toronto, On): Nice showing from this maturing wine. A bit more ripe and dark than I might usually prefer, but a bloody and maturing note provides appeal for me. The nose is of blackberry, violets, lavender, black olives, smoke, ink, iodine and beef drippings. The palate is maturing with moderate receding tannins and moderate acid. Solid hermitage in the early stages of its drinking window it seems. Will certainly hold and maybe even improve a tad.
Opened at restaurant without decant. As it continued to open during the evening, I would recommend decanting for about an hour. Really nice expression of syrah and place. Light cherry aroma, with white pepper, blood and earth. Palate has medium weighted fruit that enters a little flat, but picks up balancing acidity and soft tannins along with rounder fruit by midpalate. Harmonious and expressive finish with fruit, meat and dirt all in play. Reminded me of Burgundy in its weight and structure, but certainly not in flavor profile.
Auction Of Promises Tasting (At Home): Double decanted 2 hours before drinking. Red with brownish tones bricking at edge. Meat iodine and blood on the nose as well as black fruits. Cassis plum spice and pepper on the palate - good finish
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(Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette) Medium red violet color with pale meniscus; ripe berry, port and plum nose; ripe berry, plum and spice palate, a little tight and young yet; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
(Delas Hermitage Marquis de Tourette Rouge) A dense and lovely array of roasted nuts and fruits on the nose here. A big, sweet texture, backed up by sufficient structure. In fact this is a very balanced and appealing wine. Lovely core of ripe tannins and correct acidity. A different style to the 1998, but again the quality of the vintage shows.
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