2001 E. Guigal St. Joseph Lieu-Dit St. Joseph Rouge (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

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France, Northern Rhône, Red Wine, Rhône, St. Joseph, Syrah

Rock star wine. The best of the three bottles I had. This was all about elegance, finesse, and complexity. Dark, almost black berry fruit, black olive tapenade, and a hint of meat juices, cured ham, and smokiness. Very earthy. Perfect balance and this bottle was drinking at its peak. Amazing wine.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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