Thursday, December 9, 2010

Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone, 2005

I bad-mouthed my last bottle of this wine; it seems oxidized and prematurely aged. That must have been a bad bottle because this one is very good and right in line with the development that I found in the 2001 Janasse Cotes du Rhone.

The color is deep with some bricking but definitely not as much as the last bottle. The wine has developed to the point that the classic Rhone pepper and spice aromas are front and center, but I find no premature oxidation. Underneath it all is a compact layer of Grenache strawberry fruit. Flavors are a bit dry in the center but there is reasonable depth and flavor interest and a silky finish. Even after being open (and re-corked) for two or three nights, fruit flavors are still hanging in there...and maybe even getting better.

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