May 1, 2019 - Jamet and Rostaing at the Harwood Arms (Harwood Arms, Fulham): Medium/deep garnet/mahogany. Initially a little tired and stewed, this pulled itself together nicely with time in glass with florals, savoury game and underlying red fruit. Medium bodied on the palate. all savoury red fruits and florals, quite delicate and elegant with soft tannins, vibrant acidity and a very good length lightly grippy finish. Excellent, drinking well.
December 15, 2018 - HDH December auction; 12/13/2018-12/15/2018 (Chicago, IL): Never been a huge Rostaing fan, but this is a really good one. Served blind, I'd have picked this to be far younger. Lots of generous fruit, there's an incredibly delicious attack here. Good earthiness.
September 14, 2016 - Rare Northern Rhone Birthday - 1991: Overripe and rather opulent with bright red cherry fruit, gives up a few savory and spicy notes with air play. Robust and syrupy red berry fruit on the palate. Good, enjoyable, but lacking the complexity of the other wines in this outrageous lineup.
February 8, 2015 - Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red/purple center with red rims. The medium+ intensity nose offered up super ripe cherries, lavender, brown spices, and soil.
In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with great balance and length. I am not sure how much air this got. It seemed a bit hot in the beginning but later I didn't detect this issue.
Overall, this wine seemed to be just entering the drinking zone. Will it improve with age?
November 2, 2012 - Pulled the cork & slow oxed for 8 hrs -smelled good and proved to be a delicious bottle at a great point in it's life. Lots of dark fruit, delicacy complexity and softness - a seamless wine that was enjoyed by all.
July 13, 2012 - Kevin's MNSC (Jackson Room): stunning nose when first poured into glass with soaring notes of graphite, truffle and sweet earth. rich and bordeaux-like. became more subdued with time but still a wonderful drink.
October 12, 2011 - Bacon fat, pepper, black cherry liqueur, earth, forest floor, iron, garrigue and floral scents capture your attention. Full bodied with a good concentration of flavor, frehsness, purity and intesnity of ripe fruit. This delicious Cote Rotie is drinking perfectly today.
May 17, 2011 - This bottle was more in line with my 3/5/11 report. Very low ullage, dark garnet body with bricking. Nose of cherry, raspberry, leather, bacon fat, noticeable oak, and a touch of iodine. Good mouth feel. A nice leather-bacon fat tinged finish. By the next morning the wine had fallen apart. This was the last of this wine in my cellar - I think!
March 22, 2011 - I said I was going to drink these soon and I am. Same nose as before, but the oak is seems noticeably toasty this time. As I've previously indicated, the fruit in the mid palate is going south. I Vacu-Vined the bottle again, after each pour to keep the fruit from going away. Still has a decent finish.
March 8, 2011 - Well matured wine and really enjoyed this, but it started to fall apart structure wise after a few hours.