Nice rhone. Mature, elegant, maybe even feminine. Came out of bottle nice on opening but lost something fairly quick and needed 30 min to an hour of air to open back up. Fruit in decline and tannins well rounded so drink up... I don't see any up side to holding.
From 750: This wine was better in it's youthful fruity exuberance. Fine tannins dominate the flavor profile, but the syrah fruit shines through with not a hint of varietal charachter ( a plus for me ). Well balanced wine in a difficult hot vintage. Not for long term aging. When should I open my Guigal single vinyard wines?
Led off the Guigal tasting, and set the standard. Gets better with age. This was the same color as most of the wines that followed, with almost no signs of age. Wonderful, expressive nose, big fruit and spice on the palate, long finish. One left in the cellar, will savor it.
My bottle was fine (half bottle, disgorged and re-corked 24 hours before pouring into a decanter and drinking over a few hours from it). Palate was straightforward, sweet dark and red fruit with leathery, earthy background, minerals. Very good acidity - kept the mouth watering. Delicious wine. Want to remember where I saw 05 of this...
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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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