February 20, 2016 - They don't make 'em like they used to (New York City, NY): There was some talk that this was corked, but I didn't notice it. That said, this was quite funky. Restrained, perfumed, and smoky on the nose. Quite light, with fresh acidity on the palate. This struck me as a bit simple, without too much power. I'm told other bottles have been more powerful and meaty, but that just wasn't the case tonight.
February 20, 2016 - Excessibe Rhone and Riesling night (St. Marks Place Grand Sich, NY): Some debate on the table whether this might be corked. This didn't have the vivid meaty/leathery character I typically expect from Gallet, but I found plenty of red and dark fruit tinged with more savoury earthy and slightly funky, dirty notes (maybe what others identified as TCA?) I didn't notice any overt TCA, though it certainly didn't show the intensity or depth of previous bottles and seemed to be missing a couple of gears.
February 18, 2016 - Medium-light red-violet color. Thundering nose: violets in a smokehouse, raspberry, Earl Grey tea. On arrival, medium-low tannin and medium-low acidity; elegance, a Gallet pattern. Raspberry and bacon from the nose repeat in the mouth with garrigue. Reminds me of early 1980's Guigal B&B Cote Rotie, and well, this vineyard was a big component of those wines. Terrific finish and matched well to our Carne Asada tacos and pinquito beans. Bottle #10 of twelve.
January 23, 2016 - At first nothing, took 2 hours to open, then it was pretty much as one expects of a well made Cote Rotie of this age. Some spice, some acid, a little meaty, decent fruit. (A perfect match for a beef/bean stew flavored with smoked duck legs & sausage. )
December 8, 2015 - Olives, smoke, savory aromatics and a cool black fruit with nice acidic lift. Could only be from one place on earth.
May 5, 2015 - My least favorite of the tasting, lots of stems and just unbalanced.
May 4, 2015 - Four Cote-Roties (Amali): Extremely stemmy, and the stems are underripe, so they present as a green minty character that overwhelms the fruit. The rest of the wine is nice -- savory, meaty, silky tannin -- but the stems are so strong that it's hard to get past them. And they're not the pretty floral kind either. I don't loathe green stem character in Syrah, so I found the wine ok, but those who really don't like stems actively disliked this.
September 5, 2014 - Medium red color. Darn. This bottle's somewhat moldy nose indicates some TCA taint. I can recognize the wine behind it, but instead of serving it with dinner as planned, we poured it througha fresh copper scrubber and double-decanted. We left the wine open overnight in a cleaned decanter for a retasting the next day. Hope for the best; update to come. Bottle #9 of twelve. UPDATE 1, next day: essentially unchanged. UPDATE 2, after four days in the cooler, un-gassed: a wonderful version of this bottling, pervasively floral and rich and correct(ed). Rare development.
May 18, 2014 - Medium red-violet. Intense aromas of violets, frying bacon, berry fruit. On arrival, medium fine-grained tannin and balanced acidity. Huge in the mouth for such a low oak-treated wine. Keeps improving with air at three hours open. Finishes with superb concentration and length. Great pairing with oak grilled lamb leg.
February 17, 2014 - Another winner from Gallet. While the Faury is really fresh, floral and peppery, this is all about meaty, gamey, smoky and other savoury developing elements around a core of fresh red and dark fruit. It's absolutely compelling, a touch tannic at first but easing up with air, and really fantastic, old-school Cote-Rotie.