2008 Northern Rhones

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having recently tasted through the recently arrived ’08s from Levet, Gilles and Lionnet, i can happily report that this difficult vintage is showing surprisingly well right now. yes, the wines are not chunky and thick but they have excellent purity of both nose and flavor. Further, the lack of ultimate concentration is actually a welcome relief from the recent tendency of many wines from the Rhone in vintages like 2007 which suffered from a sense of over-ripeness.  these wines will evolve, in my opinion, in a very positive way, perhaps harking back to the wines that i encountered in the late ’70s and early ’80s when i first fell in love with the formidable wines of these two appellations (Cornas and Cote Rotie).

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