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Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

"...full-bodied, powerful, honeyed white wine with superb depth, richness, and potential complexity...95" WA 10/09

Chateau de Beaucastel:
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" boug... Read more
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet". Later, the manor house that we know today was built here and you can still see the arms of the Beaucastel family sculpted in stone in one of walls of the drawingroom. The Beaucastels were among the more notable families of this little town and in 1687 Pierre de Beaucastel, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, was appointed "Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon" by Louis XIV. The letter from Louis XIV, also signed by Colbert, to Pierre de Beaucastel is still in our possession. Two centuries later at the time of the phylloxera, the owner of Beaucastel was Elie Dussaud, a companion of Ferdinand de Lesseps who built the Suez Canal. In 1909 Pierre Tramier bought the property and Beaucastel then passed to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin, a scientist who considerably increased the vineyard holding. His efforts were continued by Jacques Perrin until 1978... Today the torch is carried by Jean Pierre and François, sons of Jacques. But Marc, Pierre, Thomas and Matthieu, who represent the fifth generation, are ready to pursue this fabulous family history. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

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Snooth User: outthere
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3.50 5
06/09/2010

Interesting to say the least. Sure needs either a ton of air or much more bottle time. Deep dark glass staining purple. This one was over the top with richness and a syrupy texture, huge blueberry and blackberry fruit, lip-smacking tannins and a little heat. Drinks like an '02 Pride Mountiain PS in terms of rishness. I'm going to save the next one for a while and see where it goes.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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4.50 5
11/15/2009

Spice, cedar, and jammy scents. Dry, powdery coffee flavor.


Snooth User: deconut
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4.00 5
11/24/2009

I little young of course but again, Orin Swift has come through!!! Let sit open in fridge a bit before tasting - (my opinion on this type wine and I feel a chill makes it better) - spice/black rasberry/pepper on the nose - Jammy fruits - smooth in the mouth with the famous Prisoner finish - gotta love The Prisoner - YUMMY!!!


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.00 5
10/08/2010

The nose swirls with chocolate, tobacco, cigar box, pepper, plum, and oak. Allow 30 minutes for taming, and this wine will stalk the palate with expressions of chocolate-covered cherry, cigar, and dark fruit, including black raspberry and plum, followed by a medley of red fruits, including cherry and ripe wild berries. Strong tannins leave a dry, velvety mouth feel that supports lengthy, tobacco-laced and chocolate finish, all punctuated with a zingy but soft acidity.


Snooth User: andrewjkeller
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4.00 5
01/08/2010

Spicy black pepper and raspberry. Delicious


Snooth User: lorac
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3.00 5
07/24/2010

Fruity and resiny; interesting wine, though not certain I would want an entire bottle.


Snooth User: Judgefarrell
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4.50 5
04/11/2011

Wonderful!!!!


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External Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

External Review
11/19/2009

92 points - Wine Spectator "Offers both style and structure, with lively aromas of black raspberry, cracked pepper and mocha, with plush and layered flavors of wild berry, fresh sage and licorice. Ripe tannins sneak in on the finish. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2014." (06/09) Yet another beautiful vintage of the prisoner from Orin Swift. This is not a wine to put in your cellar. Big, bright and all about immediate drinking. With vineyards sources such as Duarte, Toffanelli and David Fulton, there is no wonder why this wine is so beautiful and powerful. 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono and 1% Grenache.


External Review
08/22/2010

A cult classic, Orin Swift's The Prisoner is a wine that's snapped up every vintage by hoards of admirers. The 2008 is a another winner for this unique Napa Valley blend. 46% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono and 1% Grenache aged in French and American oak. The Wine Spectator scored it 92 points saying "Focused, rich and ripe, showing aromas of black cherry and smoky pepper, with sleek but complex flavors of boysenberry, licorice and toasty oak that linger with balanced tannins. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2015."


External Review
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
06/22/2010

90 points - Robert Parker"I love what hes done with his 2008 The Prisoner, a blend of 46% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. With over 15% alcohol, this is a big, sexy, fruit bomb boasting abundant amounts of black, blue, and red fruits along with pepper, spice box, earth, and herbs. It tastes like the unmanipulated essence of the fruit of a Mediterranean vineyard. Soft tannins, medium to full body, and a heady mouthfeel make this a seductive wine to enjoy over the next 2-3 years. This is an innovative project from owner/winemaker Dave Phinney. The winerys name comes from the names of his parrots." (Dec. 2009)


External Review
01/12/2010

The Prisoner is here! A Napa blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache, this red wine is rich and lush, with layers of dark chocolate, cassis, roasted coffee bean, and black pepper.


External Review
12/14/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


External Review
06/09/2010

This wine has always been one of my all time favorites. Probably one of the best Zinfandel blends available and every vintage is consistant and exceptionally tasty. I attend quite a few wine tasting competitions with some major wine snobs and hands down, anything coming out of Orin Swift Cellars gets in the top 5 every time. A cult wine to say the least, this one moves faster than most on the shelf. Great color, deep, dark garnet with a clean and bright red band in the rim. The aromas take a minute to come up, and then they take off into a blend of ripe berry and cherry with just a hint of new oak. We age the wine in both new and seasoned French and American oak. The front of the wine is soft and almost immediately begins evolving into the broad mid-palate. The mid has weight, length, and structure. The acids were great in 2008 and provide an essential rounding effect to the "big fruit" inherent in the wine. The finish is long and filled with ripe, soft tannins. The 2008 has much the same tannin structure of the 2004 which is a personal favorite. 46% Zinfandel 26% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Syrah 10% Petite Sirah 2% Charbono 1% Grenache


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Tasting Notes:

Great color, deep, dark garnet with a clean and bright red band in the rim. The aromas take a minute to come up, and then they take off into a blend of ripe berry and cherry with just a hint of new oak. The front of the wine is soft and almost immediately begins evolving into the broad mid-palate. The mid has weight, length, and structure. The acids were great in 2008 and provide an essential rounding effect to the "big fruit" inherent in the wine. The finish is long and filled with ripe, soft tannins. The 2008 has much the same tannin structure of the 2004 which is a personal favorite.

"...full-bodied, powerful, honeyed white wine with superb depth, richness, and potential complexity...95" WA 10/09

Closure: Cork

Notes: New and seasoned French and American oak


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