Wow! Time in the cellar has done wonders to this wine. Heat/alcohol and tannins have mellowed out nicely. Good nose and long taste that offers a great balance of dark fruit, pepper, beef stock, licorice, roses with medium minerality and acidity and a little spice in the end. Excellent match for red meat. Really shows that Northern Rhone needs +10 years to show it's real potential.
Monthly Tasting Group EEE; Côte Rôti (JW´s): In the bouquet red and dark berry fruits, some leather, tobacco and also something a bit musty. On the palate a very firm wine with a lot of licorice, laurel, acidity, firm tannin and bitterness. Very concentrated wine. Not showing any age yet. This can probably last until the early 2020’s. Even though I am not a 100% sure we had a completely clean bottle, I score the wine 89 for this evening for my own reference.
A very good wine, with notes of red cherry, dark fruit, earth, olives and meat. Great with the beef burgundy and good with the grilled salmon. Perhaps just a touch less showy than in September? With Donna T, Tera, Jen and Tash at Donna's. Drink now but has time, too.
Crimson red, some fading at the rim. Nose of cherries, forest fruit, rosehips, leather, peppers. high alcohol, medium acidity, medium tannins, long length. Tannins have decreased over time to normal levels for a Cote Rotie. Still going strong and will probably last for 2 more years
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(GUIGAL COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE) #1; COLOR-very dark; NOSE-Gorgeous, beautiful Pink rose; candy-esque (Fun Dip powder); one of the BEST noses in a while; TASTE-Kills it; by far the biggest body of the 3 wines; intense flavor of cherries, cassis & black raspberries; very velvety, explosive & rich; this is what wine is supposed to be - perfect balance of Old & New World; the Syrah is rich, pure & unmanipulated; very true to the Rhone; has the body & explosiveness that you look for in a very serious bottle of wine; green beans bouncing on my palate; little crouton/bready action on finish; you cannot find a silkier wine; just a fantastic CR; can last 7-15 years; great pairing w/ Duck; RP-90/93; GV-93
(Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde) A decent colour here, and with some round, sweet and rather young Syrah character on the nose. Rather soft on the palate, perhaps rather unfocused, and slightly hot, a vintage characteristic no doubt. Low acidity, and rather a firm tannic backbone. To me it seems very typical of the 2003 vintage. Hot fruit. It is decent, but there is not much more to say than that.
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