Friday, December 8, 2017

J.L. Chave St. Joseph Offerus, 1999

Wow! This wine has developed beautifully, and I see no signs of impending decline, even at 18 years of age.

Medium deep Syrah color. Has thrown plenty of sediment but it is actually quite pleasant to smell and taste--the tannin that was. Fruit more than oak. Black fruits--blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, lavender--everything you expect from a great Syrah. Also some pleasant earthy, savory tones, black olives, cured meats--all the qualities I love in a mature Syrah. Very ripe but has plenty of acid to balance it out. Sweet and savory. Gorgeous wine.

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