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2013 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
12/30/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
This is a young wine so I am writing mostly about the underlying material and future potential. Popped without decanting and allowed to air for 4 hours and then slowly consumed over 2 hours. Let me just say this is a very polished and well made wine. It is not a bomb. It has the profile of cool fruit but it did not taste green or unripe. I was most impressed by the lovely balance, structure and freshness and also the round tannins. But I have to wonder is this wine too polished now that it has lost a bit of its soul? Would a young La Chapelle from the 70s or 80s taste like this? Does the wine now reflect more the image of its new Bordelais owners (in many ways they have improved the wine) than to its origin? I guess only time will tell.
  • cortoncharlie commented:

    12/31/18, 8:37 AM - You can try to approach it now with a long decant. Old La Chapelles typical need 20 years in my opinion but with the change in style this may require less time.

Red - Fortified
1999 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional Port Blend
Black as the ace of spades. This was absolutely delicious but certainly a notch below the very best vintages of this wine. It was loaded with liquorice and blood plum and just had a hint of vanilla and coconut. It was a tad raw on the finish.
  • cortoncharlie commented:

    1/4/17, 5:51 AM - are you sure this was a nacional you tasted? according to the producer's website the only nacional declared in the 90s are 91, 94, 96, 97 and 98.

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