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Cory G.
Cory G.
2006 - Chapoutier Cote Rotie la Mordoree
Aug 28, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark red / purple with a brilliant pink to clear rim.  The nose features intense, brambly ripe raspberry, black cherry, and wild blackberry seesawing back and forth with spicy black pepper, all under a soft layer of violets.  The deep, juciy fruit is accentuated on the palate by flavors of tar, and a hint of red grape skins.  Muscular & dense, the long finish sticks with you for 90+ seconds.
Cory G.
Cory G.
2006 - Chapoutier Cote Rotie la Mordoree
Feb 26, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Another blockbuster wine from Chapoutier.  Dark red with some purple tones all the way to the rim, the nose us unmistakably syrah with blackberry jam and black pepper.  The flavors continue onto the palate with a nice, comforting sweetness in the middle.  Hints of anise continue with the peppery characteristics into the long, long finish.  This wine is made from the oldest vines in Côte-Rôtie at the top of the Northern Rhone and is unfiltered/unfined and will age gracefully.
Yves L.
Yves L.
2002 - Jaboulet Aine, Paul Hermitage la Petite Chapelle
Jan 19, 2009
1 star
Paul S.
Paul S.
2004 - Grande Cassagne, Chateau VDP du Gard Syrah Cuvee Hippolyte
Oct 30, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Holley J.
Holley J.
2005 - Voge, Alain Cornas Vieilles Vignes
Nice Value
May 30, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Great value actually.  This wine is ready to drink now, and has all of the life and youth you hope for in a wine.  Nice spice and jamminess to it, but also some chalk and mineral components letting you know its French.
Jon B.
Jon B.
2000 - Jaboulet Aine, Paul Hermitage la Petite Chapelle
Great, young Syrah...
May 15, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Popped and consumed two hours later. Translucent light purple color, with a little bricking. Fleshy, peppery nose, with fresh cranberry and raspberry notes. Warm and spicy in the mouth. There was some acidity present as well. I think this would be better with food. Might have been an off bottle. It was semi-enjoyable.
Peter M.
Peter M.
9998 - Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Petite Ruche
Likin' my Crozes
May 07, 2008
1 star 1 star
Thin red in color, fruit forward, light bodied wine, low acidity. Color was semi-translucent, not deep or inky. Color does not go to the rim. A very pleasant and polite wine with a 20-30 second finish. I taste this all at the back of my mouth on the back and sides of tongue. This reminds me of a pinot but this is syrah. Fermented in cuve (cement vats) and sees no oak per their site. I would buy it again.
Joe M.
Joe M.
2003 - Guigal Crozes Hermitage
Hot year in the Rhone = syrupy syrah
Apr 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
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.
Jordan J.
Jordan J.
1982 - Chave, J L Hermitage
The nose was singing-like a choir
Apr 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Second time with this wine. Bottle was ex-domaine, label, fill, and capusle was perfect, cork slightly depressed. Cork was bad as it crumbled apart and required surgey to get out. The wine was lighter in color than the last bottle. It was a murky redish brown. At first the nose was a major let down. The nose was showing nothing at all, and in the mouth the wine was lean. I thought this was corked.  After about 20 minutes the wine started to change.  There was a light bouquet of carmel, old saddle leather, black ground pepper, and just a hint of game and orange marmalade. On the attack the wine was smooth but still lean and acidic.  The finish was short and bitter.  After about 2 hours in the deacanter HOLY COW!. The wine was signing. An unreal exotic nose of pine and dried tobacco leaves. The palate is a bit more resoved, while still very smooth, it is less lean and acidic. the finish is much longer and less bitter as well. The exotic nose reminds me of why I love wine. It resinates on all levels. I love this wine. This wine however disappoints in the lack of backbone vis a vie lack of fruit. And hence, the legnth suffers as well. 
Jordan J.
Jordan J.
1996 - Chapoutier Hermitage la Sizeranne
A sexy little hermitage
Apr 27, 2008
1 star 1 star
Amazing nose that competes with high pedigree hermitages. The wine looses me in the mouth and in the finish were it is dull and empty (read just lacking stuffing).  90 points for nose alone.
Jon B.
Jon B.
2000 - Jaboulet Aine, Paul Hermitage la Chapelle
Great now, needs a bit of time.
Apr 25, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Popped and consumed two hours later. Translucent light purple color, with a little bricking. Fleshy, peppery nose, with fresh cranberry and raspberry notes. Warm and spicy in the mouth. There was some acidity present as well. I think this would be better with time. It was enjoyable.

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