2001 2001 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône Parallèle 45
The gentleman at the wine store says this one is “spotty.” Some years it is fantastic, other years, it is not so fantastic. He had not tasted this vintage.
I’m trying to taste a few Rhone wines, as the only ones that I’ve had that I enjoy are from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
Okay, for this wine. The color is a nice purple, darker than most French wines, but not as dark as those from the New world. The aroma is nice and fruity almost brandy-like with a touch of earthiness, that I like. The taste is well balanced but tame, until the finish where it seems to be the most intense, with perhaps a touch of pepper on the tail-end. In comparison to California and Australian Syrah/Shiraz this wine seems elegant but week, but after a while, you start to appreciate the subtle nuances.