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Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008
Château de Beaucastel is located five kilometres south-east of Orange at the northern limit of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The 30 hectares Coudoulet de Beaucastel vineyard lies just to the east of Beaucastel on the other side of the A7 autoroute. For reasons that will become evident, it is often referred to as a baby Beaucastel. When one looks at the geology of the soil at Coudoulet, the similarities with the soil at Beaucastel are legion. It is composed of a layer of marine limestone from the Miocene period, covered by a deposit of alpine diluvium. This blanket of rounded stones (or "galets") contributes much to the wines of Beaucastel: they retain the intense heat of the Mediterranean sun during the day then slowly disperse it to the vines during the night. They provide a head start to the vines in springtime. During the long Mediterranean summer, lack of water can stress the vineyard at times. Coudoulet, as Beaucastel, owes its ability to age to the high proportion of Mourvedre - about 30% - that makes up the final cuvée. This provides a tannic backbone and resistance to oxidation that ensures long life. In addition, Mourvedre introduces aromas of leather, tobacco, and spice to the blend. The resulting wine is bright and lively in colour, with great depth. The nose shows delightful red fruits whilst the palate is luscious, with hints of thyme.
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I asked the man for a Zinfandel like the Rombauer Zin. For $26.75, I sure need a lot more. It was just another zin. Major flaw is being overpriced.
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.
Spice, cedar, and jammy scents. Dry, powdery coffee flavor.
This is a great bottle for those who enjoy zin. Spicy, fruit forward and very big. I love this style and this wine.
Some sharp cheese nose, like a hard parmesan. Some sulfur tones on the nose. Lots of salinity on the palate. White pepper. Spice. Some straw. Red berries show through, but it's a tad unbalanced for me. - Tasted at Schreiner's Winers zin tasting 9/18/10
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!!!
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.
External Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge
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.
Wine Tasting NotesNapa Cellars Zinfandel is dark purple and opaque in the glass. The nose reveals intense, ripe berries, candied strawberry preserves and cinnamon spice. The palate follows with juicy, rounded fruit flavors that mingle with layers of warm, supple tannins leading to a long, plush finish. Perfect with barbeque, try pairing the wine with Baby Back Ribs or Gourmet Pulled-Pork Sandwiches garnished with sweet and spicy coleslaw.
2005 Napa Valley Zinfandel has bright cherry, raspberry fruit and some nice spice. This medium bodied wine has rich tannins that are smooth and supple, with balanced acidity. A little time in the bottle will make the elegance of this wine really
Purpur mit rubinroten Reflexen. Berauschendes Bouquet: Korinthen, eingelegte Feigen, dunkles Edelholz dazu schwarze Kirschen und Rum-Nuss-Schokolade. Fülliger Gaumen mit samtigen, perfekt eingebunden Tanninen und feiner Extraktsüsse, dahinter wieder verschwenderische dunkle Frucht gepaart mit eleganter Rauchnote. Heidel- und reife Brombeeren, cremig-weiche Textur bis ins nicht endenwollende Finale.
Well-built, yet rich and stylish, with spicy blackberry aromas and zesty, layered flavors of black cherry and licorice framed by toasty oak. Offers a long, satisfying finish. Drink now through 2015. 14,000 cases made. -TF - Top 100 2010 ** Only 9 in Stock **
89 - 91 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet exhibits a dark, dense ruby color along with a big, sweet nose of roasted Provencal herbs, smoked meats, black currants, cherries, lic
89 - 91 Points - Wine Advocate"The 2008 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet exhibits a dark, dense ruby color along with a big, sweet nose of roasted Provencal herbs, smoked meats, black currants, cherries, licorice, and seaweed. Ripe, medium-bodied, and already delicious, it should drink nicely for 4-5 years. "
Food Pairings for Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge
Ripe Black Fruit, Dried Flower Nuances And Classic Zinfandel Spice, Petite Sirah Enhances Color And Mid-Palate
Dietary Information: Organic
Notes: New and seasoned French and American oak
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