This was my 2nd favorite red wine of the night at Otis' party on Saturday. The wines of this estate were in Thomas Jeffersons cellar. Needless to say the estate has a long history of fine wine making. 1998 is a vintage in the Southern Rhone that speaks for itself. Many of the wines may be in a dull stage now but this wine was drinking very nicely. I don't know what the ratings for this wine were.
This wine was a rustic red color. It was also rustic in style. There was no hint of brett in either the nose or flavor. This wine was silky smooth with an elegant texture as flavors of plum, smoke and berry swirled on the palate. Then BAM!! It slaps you silly with a sharp finish. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, medium bodied with firm tannins. Wish I had some. 92+ points.