Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Mas de Guiot Cabernet Syrah, Vin de Pays de Gard, Rhone, France, 2004

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a southern Rhone red blend that has been cellared for 10 years from vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is Mas de Guiot Cabernet Syrah, Vin de Pays de Gard, Rhone, France, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium/deep orange mahogany.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and aerated vigorously, shows an aroma of some red fruit, but lots more rusty iron ore.  From the aroma, seems like this will be barely drinkable - but I'm getting ahead of myself.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bone dry and tannic sensations, without being tart or acidic.  I call these "bone dry and tannic sensations" and not "bone dry and tannic fruit" because fruit is really not to be found in the mix.  It almost seems like a tannin tea that might be used in a blend to embolden a too-fruity wine.

In summary: Overall, I believe this has sat beyond its appropriate age, but I will rate as two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its tannic distinction.

After a long decant, one day in partially-filled bottle under vacuum:  Remarkable transformation.  Now a clean, though shy, nose of austere, sandy red fruit.  Palate brings some crispy - almost apple-y - red fruit wrapped in tight clothing.  Now an easy three stars, with a plus for its incredible longevity - making this a good value.  Will leave under air for another day as an experiment.

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