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Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Hommage 2009
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
The tasting notes at Snooth are spot on for this favorite so I really have nothing to add except ... yum!
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!
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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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)
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.
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.
We usually think of Coudoulet as the second wine to Beacastel's Chateauneuf du Pape but the Perrin family produces this rich Rhone red from a separate estate vineyard right across the road from their Chateauneuf estate. The vine yard is Grenach (30%), Mourvedre (30%), Cinsault (20%) and Syrah (20%) all mature vine up to 60 years old. The wine is easily on par with may producer's Chateauneuf or Gigondas. wine Enthusiast Magazine gave it 91 points and Robert Parker scored this 2009 90 points saying "In total contrast, the 2009 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet red represents the essence of Provence in its notes of ground pepper, new saddle leather, lavender, kirsch, garrigue, and abundant red and black fruits. This complex, evolved, luscious red begs for a bloody grilled steak. With a creamy, medium to full-bodied texture, this gorgeous, complex, evolved wine should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years."
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.
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.
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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.
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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