TN: EdStJohn LesCotesSauvages American RTW NV..(short/boring)

So, working on this EdStJ case, I cracked:

  1. EdmundsStJohn LesCotesSauvages American RTW (12 1/2%) Emeryville NV('88?): Med.color w/ little bricking; somewhat smokey/Rhonish/roasted some pencilly/toasted quite fragrant/perfumed beautiful/complex/aromatic elegant nose; lightly tart/tangy very smokey/roasted/Rhonish light earthy slight blackberry/blueberry/Syrah/strawberry quite elegant/balanced complex flavor w/ light smooth/silky tannins; very long/lingering some smokey/roasted/Rhonish/pencilly lightly tart/tangy slight blackberry/blueberry/strawberry/Syrah bit earthy smooth/elegant/very complex balanced aromatic finish w/ light smooth/gentle tannins; not an old Rhone CdP or Syrah but a textbook/perfectly mature EdStJ; stunning wine; drink up.
    $16.00 (CS/Carmel)

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. Steve will have to let us know where the grapes were from on this. Presumably some WashState Grenache (what vnyd?) in this.
    This was about as perfect a mature EdStJ that you can have. I hate wines like this…the btls was 2/3’rds gone when I finally sat down to eat. The good news is that I have 4 more btls left. I’ll probably bring 3 out for WoodShed Rhones in a month.

Thanks, Tom!

Very impressive! I cannot think of a Californian red wine from nowadays that I should guess would peak after thirty years.

well, Drew…not sure I’d call it “peaking”. I think it’s in its decline…but still awfully good. Maybe a bit too
mild-mannered for my taste.

Steve confirmed from the pic that this was the '88. The other non-vintage LCS he made was a '90 w/ “Wahulke Slope” on the label.
He was surprised that this '88 LCS held up so well in that it had a very high pH WashState Grenache in it.