These usually don’t show well young although I haven’t had the 2005. My '98s and '99s are far from mature although showing much better than on release. I would think a long decant would be in order somewhere between Dan’s number and Peter’s number.
Ack. Your projections about a tough young wine are what I’m afraid of.
They were excited about sharing this with me - a bona fide wineaux.
It is such a generous gesture to share it - I don’t see any way to not drink it this weekend. They seem to be into burly, oaky cabs - they may really prefer this as a youngster.
It is my first Cote-Rotie and I’d like to get the most out of it that we can.
Thanks for the advice.
I’ll post a note - but beware that I have no real frame of reference for such a serious northern Rhone.
Decanted at 10 am, with a taste from bottom of bottle, then decanted back into bottle til 6ish.
Dark color, nose suggested dark fruit and a whiff of smoke. Palate is dominated by structure - but the tannins are fine and the acidity is strong without being harsh. Beneath all this is some blue and purple fruit that is very primary. The fruit seems to have the concentration to emerge, but for now this is a very structured wine. No sign of alcohol, nor to my taste any big oak.
Enjoyable with chicken and steaks off the green egg.
Basically, a big structured red consumed way too young. The quality of the structure, with the fruit obvious but buried, reminded me of young Barolo. I’m sure this will be a much more interesting wine in 12 to 15 years.