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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape la Crau Côtes du Rhône 2009
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Dark red-more-than-purple in the glass. Oaky and smokey nose. Very pleasant on the tip of the tongue. Slight fruty sweetness--plums. As the wine travels through the palate tannis pop up along with some tartness. Very nice lingering finish. I would suggest is that this is not a wine for long aging, although it is an emminantly drinkable wine right now. US$18.99 at Costco.
Nose of ripe cassis withhints of candied cherry and currant. Some very slight eucalyptus and sweet oak vanilla. On the palate, it's rich and dry. Ripe cassis, currant, black plum and black cherry with some light cocoa and oak spice. Good acid balance to this so it should age and progress nicely with a few more years' aging. I think Franciscan always delivers a solid moderately priced, good value Napa cab. 86 pts.
Sweet on the nose, taste sugary, prune and dried fruits, warm. "Narcotic" [From "Chateauneuf du Pape & Friends" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 15 September 2013.]
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 1% Malbec From Winemaker: Appearance: Deep garnet Aromas: A rich bouquet of dark cherry, cocoa, clove, plum, tobacco and toasted oak, with delicate notes of coffee and truffle. Layered and complex. Flavors: Rich and full on the palate with a supple mouthfeel and opulent layers of plum, cherry, anise, and mocha. Smooth and concentrated, the wine exhibits richly woven texture with dark, dense fruit on the long finish.
Nice bouquet and smooth.
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A bruising, black/purple-hued, full-bodied wine, the 2009 Certan de May displays notes of charcuterie, smoked game, herbs, black truffles, roasted meats, cassis and black cherries. This backward, robustly-styled Pomerol is loaded with tannin as well ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Certan de May 750ml
The most powerful, finest overall wine made at this estate since their 1982, the muscular 2009 reveals a dense ruby/purple color in addition to meaty, smoky notes of black cherries, iron, truffles, loamy soil, and spice. Dense, full-bodied, and viril... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Certan de May 750ml
Purple-ruby. Opulent, sexy aromas of plum and black cherry explode from the glass, with complicating spicy/herbal nuances of bay leaf, marjoram, cinnamon and aromatic pepper. Very fresh on entry, with a sweet, supple texture and flavors similar to th... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Certan de May 750ml
Bright and ripe, with mouthfilling linzer torte and blackberry preserves pushed by black tea and toasty spice. This has the racy grip of the vintage, which builds steadily through the finish. Turns darker and denser with air. Best from 2014 through 2... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Certan de May 750ml
65% grenache, 15% mourvedre, 15% syrah and 5% other varietals. Clear and bright garnet colors are vibrant and translucent at the core. This bouquet may not be overt and open as many other 2009s but still retains its concentrated nature. The palate, h... Chuck Hayward. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
For over 10 years, The Blend has been one of Chile’s top red wines, expressing power and finesse. A blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 25% Carmenere and 18% Merlot. Veramonte is owned by Agustin Huneeus, creator of some the world’s best red blends including Magnificat and Quintessa. In Primus he utilizes winemaking techniques perfected in Napa Valley for his top Cabernets and Red Blends. The grapes for Primus are meticulously double sorted before crush. Yields are kept to a minimum so the expression of the fruit is pure and intense. The wine is aged in the finest French and American oak barrels for 14 months. It scores 90 points every vintage and this 2009 is no exception. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 saying" Notes of cassis, cola, cedar, tobacco, lemon and a twinge of eucalyptus comprise the bouquet on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere and Merlot. It tastes of cassis, blackberry, herb and chocolate; the finish is solid and minty, with a suggestion of cigar tobacco. This rocks hard, but with focus."
This is crammed with fruit, spice and structure, as braised fig, plum skin, cassis and anise notes wrestle with roasted apple wood, melted red licorice and tar for now. The embedded grip should carry the finish until this assimilates fully. Best from 2014 through 2024. 5,000 cases imported. –JM - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 Points (65% grenache, 15% each of mourvedre and syrah, and the rest all the other varieties; aged in a combination of foudres and concrete): Bright ruby. Intense red fruit and potpourri aromas show excellent precision and a suave, spicy character. Licorice and lavender nuances add complexity to juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, with the wine putting on weight in the glass. Finishes taut and youthfully tangy, with echoing licorice and spice notes. - Stephen Tanzer 93 Points ** Only 7 in Stock **