1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde- France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (8/17/2009)
The cork is perfect. Deep crimson color. Bacon fat aromas are instantly recognized, then red berries, glycerine, burnt matchstick and a hint of caramel. Fine & elegant texture, racy, good extract for such a lightish body. This is not an “in your face” wine, rather it invites you to search for nuances. Some red currants, wild strawberries, cumin, hints of minerals dancing. Not especially structured and the finish is a bit short. What tannins are noticeable are very fine. Lovely wine. I think it is at it’s peak but should drink well for some time. (92 pts.)
1999 Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie Viallieres- France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (7/30/2009)
Bacon fat aroma hits you right away, raspberries and smokey nose. Elegant, rich and long, silky, bacon and black raspberry fruit, some sage on the palate. Tannins are barely noticeable, seems mature. Textbook Cote-Rotie and just a lovely wine. (94 pts.)
I have a case of this [the 2000] about half finished and have been somewhat disappointed with what I felt was a lack of structure and stuffing. My wine has some of the cherry and plums you reference and even the lightest scent of bacon and currants but only a light funk and certainly not ‘dirty’ - if my interpretation [not negative] of what you mean by that is correct.
Certainly ready it is a nice wine and easy to drink but not as good as other vintages I have had although there has been some variability there too. It was expensive for what it is although I have had bigger disappointments.