on Apr 28, 2008
E. Guigal Croze-Hermitage 2003. Big critic gave it a big number. It's a good wine, just very atypical for it's heritage. This wine maintains a 12.5 alcohol level yet stills manages to taste big and ripe and jammy. After a couple years laid down in the bottle it's getting better but it's still ripe and some might find it over the top. It's got a lot of fruit, and a wee bit rustic on the nose, which is nice, but it's not multi-dimensional. Granted it is a Croze-Hermitage not a Cote-Rotie, and is (was) fairly inexpensive so it still delivers a lot of wine for the bick, unlike many other Crozes-Hermitages. It's deep purple with a hint of glowstick pink on the rim. In the mouth it's got a lot of decently-balanced black fruits, medium but hidden tannins, and a modest finish. If Turley made a Crozes-Hermitage this is what it would taste like. Along with your shopping bag of fruit, there is also tar and scorched earth, a wet cigarette and some forgotten mushrooms WAY down at the bottom of the bag. It tastes yummy despite my whining.
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