Paul Jaboulet Aine, Domaine de Thalabert, AOC Crozes Hermitage, Drome, Northern Rhone, Auverge-Rhone-Alpes, France, 2010
This wine: lot No. not found, so must have been a big blending vat in a single bottling run; varietal syrah, long (54mm) coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, BBR, £22 (06/14)
Last tasted 18/03/17.
Consumer tasting note: a deeply ruby hued fully developed Crozes from Jaboulet Aine, out of family control since about 2005. There are rich aromas of mainly black cherry and berries with spicy and savoury dimensions; medium-full bodied, tannins a little drying so definitely a food wine, with a palate of black cherry and black currant, savoury again, with black olive and a touch of cedar. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. Stand upright for two days, then decant off the substantial sediment.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [3/4 teaspoon of granular sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of overripe black cherry, spice, smoke, black berry jam, black liquorice, black olive, a touch waxy, savoury, black pepper, dark red plum jam, black currant, cumin, a lactic edge, a hint of cedar.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) slightly drying tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of black cherry, blackcurrant, black boiled sweets, a touch savoury, black olive, a hint of cedar. A medium (+) length, with a clean finish of lightly spicy black berries and fruits, savoury on the end, tannins a touch drying.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and moderate slightly drying tannins with alcohol, altogether suiting the quite strong intensity and slightly lesser concentration; showing a better than moderate complexity from time in wood (cedar, cumin, spice, smoke) and bottle (cedar, olive, savoury, wax); finishes soundly medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for say 2-3 years – fully developed, quite well-balanced now, but with tannins a little drying – a food wine.