Given all the attention the 2001 Alec's Blend has recently drawn, I figured I'd open a bottle of the 2000 and see how it is drinking. Pulled directly from my 58f cellar, where it has been stored since release, and consumed over the next four hours. I poured directly from the bottle despite large amounts of sediment that were evident on the cork/inner neck, as well as in the bottoms of the glasses when the bottle was finished. I would definetly recommend decanting.
This wine is a beautiful opaque deep purple in color, with a nose of sweet mocha, toffee, bluberry pie, and white pepper. A wave of blue/black fruit dominate the midpalate with points of mint, cedar, and spice, leading to a really nice, rich finish with plenty of tannins.
A very enjoyable, full bodied, CA Rhone that has me looking forward to trying the '01.