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Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Hommage 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The Chteau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin from those years was made mostly from very old Mourvedre vines yielding tiny quantities of intensely ripe, concentrated fruit. Those fortunate enough to have tasted it never forget it. Truly, a 'grand vin.Saturated black-ruby color. More, darker aromas of black cherry, cassis, spice, leather and game, has an almost medicinal aspect.Very sweet entry, then backward and closed, almost to rough on the palate today.Extremely concentrated at the finish.A wine to be kept for your retirement.

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

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Snooth User: shsim
10326661,287
4.50 5
02/15/2012

This dark red almost purple wine smells of thick berry jam and no smell of the alcohol even though it was more than 15%! A fruity wine that is easy to drink with nicely balanced acidity and tannins. Taste of dark ripe firm cherries! Very enjoyable with food which tends to bring out the spice and complexity of the cab more.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
3.50 5
05/08/2011

The 2009 Prisoner is thinner and less powerful than the stellar 2008. Nevertheless, the 2009 remains an elegant and enjoyable wine that develops nicely over one to two hours. It retains its refinement on the nose, featuring dark fruits, tobacco and chocolate, and its warm, juicy palate exudes flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum, with intermittent notes of tobacco, chocolate and wild berries. A spice and pepper finish, supported by subtle but firm tannins, helps redeem the loss of power for Prisoner 2008 fans.


Snooth User: Tom Wandeloski
1098305743
4.00 5
02/19/2013

This 2009 Blend of Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache & Syrah from Rhone, France is excellent. Good Ruby-red color with a tight rim variation. Fruit notes of plum and fig with a hint of cocoa and tobacco. It has a long finish on the palette with mid acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2019-2024). Best served chilled to 64 degrees, double decanted and served with a mid-rare grilled beef dish.


Snooth User: KrisChislett
623796374
3.00 5
07/17/2011

A lesson in subtlety this ain’t! An amalgamation of intense red and black fruit that is so in your face it’s unreal! It almost reminds me of the fruit-forward aggressiveness of some South Australian Shirazes. Intense cassis, plum, blackberry, dried cranberry, black cherry; yup, it covers just about every red and black fruit-base there is! But wait! There’s more! The oak is certainly there; with vanilla, pepper and chocolate-covered coffee beans! The finish is long and hot. My one major concern with the wine: the alcohol level is obnoxious! Maybe it’s just because I have a high sensitivity for alcohol in wine, but it seems so out of balance it’s insane. ”That’s a pretty bold statement considering the 2007 bottling of this wine received a 92 point rating from the Wine Speculator!” I know, right!?!?! I was expecting big things from this wine. If you really want to know, I actually even second-guessed myself on The Prisoner. The first bottle was actually given to me by a wine rep friend to taste and review. Because I wasn’t that impressed with it the first time around, I shelled out $30 of my own cash to buy it again and re-taste; something I’ve never done before. The wine is good. It’s not awesome, it’s good. I’m not going to lie, I wouldn’t purchase this wine again. However, saying that, my wife loved it! Is my palate better than hers? Probably not, she’s still a consumer, so what does it matter?


Snooth User: donealrice
932080237
5.00 5
04/04/2012

The tasting notes at Snooth are spot on for this favorite so I really have nothing to add except ... yum!


Snooth User: thewinegal
357269228
4.50 5
11/21/2010

Rich color concentration - staining. Jammy blackberries & black cherries, tabacco, dark chocolate, subtle oak. Full bodied, med+ finish, well integrated tannins, med+ complexity. Delicious from the first pour to the last drop. Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Humboldt Goat Cheese or Toscano hard cheese with black pepper crust ... bring it!


Snooth User: Vicola54
547503114
5.00 5
06/01/2011

Unbelievable....depth, complexity, body. Balanced. I really, really loved this. Winemaker Notes: The 2009 marks the first vintage bottled by The Prisoner's new owner, Huneeus Vintners. It has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.


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External Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Hommage

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years.


External Review
07/06/2011

Save 10 Percent When you Purchase a case! Tasting Notes - Orin Swift s Proprietary Blend The Prisoner has become the stuff of legend for many of us in the industry. We can never get enough - it always sells out - and (most importantly) the juice in the bottle is fantastic year in and year out. Predominantly Zinfandel with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blended in, it's up there with the best California Zins that cost twice as much. This blends the lush berry flavors of Zinfandel, the power and concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon, the dark black fruit of Syrah, the intensity and structure of Petite Sirah, the flesh of Charbono, and a hint of Grenache - all combined for a decadent wine with great complexity. (Does not include original packaging)


External Review
05/18/2011

Napa Valley, CaliforniaOrin Swift The Prisoner is a must-try red wine gem from a gifted and fast-rising winemaker, Dave Phinney. Considering that Wine Spectator has selected The Prisoner to join the ranks of the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year not just in one recent year (#47 in 2009 for the 2007 vintage) but 3 times in the past 6 years, it is nearly inconceivable that Dave Phinney began his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! He recently purchased 48 acres of land in the hills above Oakville and hopes one day to build a winery there. We can all look forward to enjoying the evolution of Orin Swift Cellars! The 2008 release received a 90-point rating from Robert Parker and 92 points from Wine Spectator. This newly released 2009 vintage has not yet been reviewed, but would anyone ever doubt that it's another wine gem?Orin Swift The Prisoner 2009 is 51% Zinfandel blended with 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache and 1% Malbec. The wine is deep garnet red with aromas of black currants, blackberries and cherries and a hint of oak. It was aged in both new and seasoned French and American oak. The wine is soft and round with weight, length and structure and good acidity to soften its big fruit. On the finish it is long and lingering with soft, velvety tannins.Enjoy Orin Swift The Prisoner with roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Winemaker Dave Phinney uses grape varieties like a spice rack when he blends the prisoner every year. Zinfandel (50 percent here), always the core of the blend, gives the wine its jammy fruit, while Cabernet Sauvignon (24 percent) gives it structure; Syrah and Petite Sirah add texture and exotic notes. While Phinney doesnrsquo;t own any vineyards, The Prisoner is remarkably consistent in style and quality year to year, even as volume has swelled.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/26/2012

One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026.


External Review
06/12/2011

Orin Swift 09 The Prisoner


External Review
06/07/2011

Soft and jammy, with appealing raspberry and toasty vanilla aromas that lead to zesty cherry, pepper and briary sage flavors. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and others. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 70,000 cases m... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2009 Orin Swift The Prisoner Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


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Tasting Notes:

This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.

The Chteau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin from those years was made mostly from very old Mourvedre vines yielding tiny quantities of intensely ripe, concentrated fruit. Those fortunate enough to have tasted it never forget it. Truly, a 'grand vin.Saturated black-ruby color. More, darker aromas of black cherry, cassis, spice, leather and game, has an almost medicinal aspect.Very sweet entry, then backward and closed, almost to rough on the palate today.Extremely concentrated at the finish.A wine to be kept for your retirement.

Dietary Information: Organic

Notes: The different grape varieties, which have been vinified separately, are blended together after malo-lactic fermentation and matured for six to eight months in large oak barrels. The wine is bottled after fining with egg whites.


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