February 21, 2019 - Loser Pays for Dinner - 1999 - 2012 N. Rhone Blind Tasting (Giando's): Tasted blind, my 2nd, group's 2nd! Now we are getting somewhere! The nose had a lovely red fruit and mint sensation with some spices that was fairly expressive. Medium body, red fruit, super elegant palate, spice. Although the Allemand concentration sucked me in to give that wine top spot, I think this ultimately showed better balance so I give it one higher point. Also I'm biased because this was my contribution to the tasting.
February 17, 2019 - Still very very young. Needs at least an hour decant. Starts out with blackberry and violets. After some time there is tobacco and leather, and finished off with a bit of white pepper and olive. Medium weight but dense flavors. Clearly very good, but I would give this 3-5 years before really starting to drink well and it will go on for a long time after that.
January 12, 2019 - Still early days for this, and it was also served at a rather cold room temperature. That being said, it was still classic Côte Rôtie, with lots of bacon aromas to go along with rare beef and warm herbal tones. I’m not sure it really shows any kind of fruit, but it has excellent depth on the palate. Focusing on it a little more, and it’s more like a tart cherry fruit, but it’s a support to the savory elements of the wine.
December 25, 2018 - Had a glass on the second day of opening. Very elegant on both the nose and the palate, very floral on the nose with dark roses, violet, purple tulips, along with gentle yet seductive Asian spices sensation, on the palate, red purple berries, fresh flowers, minerals, modest spices, rosemary, and great lingering acidity, medium body with good structure.
Background from drinkrhone.com:
94-95% Syrah, 5-6% Viognier from 95-100% Le Corps de Loup and 0-5% Côte Brune, whole bunch fermentation, 2 week vinification, wild yeasts, 4 daily pumping overs, aged 20% new, 80% 1-4 years old 228-litre oak casks 18-20 months, modest sulfur, unfiltered, 4,000-5,000 bottles.
December 23, 2018 - Had over two days and very similar to the bottle we opened with BurgNick over the summer - aromatics were clear, baking spices, sliced black olives and flowers followed by a super elegant but gripping palate with more spice, dark fruit. Pierre nailed this vintage.
June 8, 2018 - Nose is floral with cured meat, olive, stems, blue and black fruit and minerals. Although the wine is young, the palate is silky and elegant with very nice grip. The acidity in the backdrop provides a good balance for the wine. 92-93
January 19, 2018 - Double decanted. Notes from 1.5 hrs open. Wow, one of the most compelling young cote rotie's I've had. Just beautiful nose, showed a hint of reduction at first, but that blew off...followed by soft gaminess and deep red fruit, and olive brine. On the palate, excellent acidity, and loads of bright red fruit...not dense and thick, but dense and weightless. Real tannin on the finish. Would love to see this in a few years, but, alas, this is my only bottle.
July 2, 2017 - Cracked a bottle so that my Dad could try his first Benetiere (he's bought enough of it, that's for sure.) What a great showing. I mean, WOW. Dark red and blue fruits: Black cherry and blackberry, a deep savory perfume, almost a bit musky, with Roses, violets, spices, and a bit of meat and pepper. With time, the Benetiere stems and green comes out - well integrated with the other flavors. The palate is young, to be sure, but it has great full flavors now, along with a energy and drive that makes it feel quite light. The balance on this is superb - great focus. Everything is perfectly in place. Fine tannins and substantial acid give this fairly solid structure. It's got dark fruits, some florals, spice and a serious savory note - not quite olives, or smoked meat, but something like that. The savory and red/dark fruits carry into the beautiful finish: long, energetic and full flavored. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finsh - 5.5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.
March 21, 2017 - A solid Côte-Rôtie from 2011. This is obviously a bit young to drink, as it's fairly primary. It took a little time in the glass to get interesting, as this wine requires aeration to unwind. Black cherry, licorice, pepper, and espresso dominate the aromatics. A lot of density and weight on the palate, and also a bit tannic as well. Finish has very good length. Very good potential with this wine, and should develop nicely.
March 1, 2017 - Great showing. Young, but already compelling with saline, floral, and lightly meaty elements framing a core of fresh red fruits and black olives. A silken palate presence, even though there's some fine grained tannin lingering on the back end. Superb.