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[96 pts Robert Parker] Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is a knock-out wine from very old vines w...Read more...
As usual Coudoulet punches well above it's price class! This is so well framed with the assertive structure of 2005 wrapped in a deep flannelly bla... Read more
Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-... Read more
The winery indicates it has use of all varietals this appellation will allow, whether or not they are in there at what percent, is their business, ... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Orin Swift Red Blend Prisoner Napa Valley
As usual Coudoulet punches well above it's price class! This is so well framed with the assertive structure of 2005 wrapped in a deep flannelly blanket of spicy plum fruits. There are nice mineral, floral and earthen notes here but this is really about wonderfully pure, deep fruit. I love Coudoulet with some age on, I just, regrettably, finished my stash of 1998s which were absolutely singing. In a world where $50 Cheateauneuf have become the norm this remain a serious bargain. 91pts
Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-s-thon. Turn back the clock to beaucastel of days gone by all backed up with super clean fresh black fruit Big and slightly thick in the mouth, there is an early minty edge here followed by a palate full of tight but rich, muscular, meaty dark fruit filled with carob, earth and almost fudgy candied flavors. Finishing dry and dark with deep earthy notes hints of heat, pepperiness and some old woodiness this is still a bit tannic and firm in the mouth but at the same time it shows great precision and balance. A fabulous beaucastel. 94pts
The winery indicates it has use of all varietals this appellation will allow, whether or not they are in there at what percent, is their business, and by gosh, grant them what is theirs in this heavenly pursuit: parts of MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SYRAH, CINSAULT, VACARESE, COUNOISE, TERRET NOIR, MUSCARDIN, CLAIRETTE, PICPOUL, PICARDAN, BOURBOULENC, and ROUSSANNE make up their issue of solid reliability in the hierarchy of French Classics...ah, those Perrin Brothers, must be some guys. Pierre Perrin gives us deep opaque lush plums und blackberry rosettes of fragrance, in a stoic resilient spiciness that fades quickly to a lower volume monotone balance backdrop that is the gauze curtain behind which a big layer of complexity exists in flying buttress mineral structures like any Middle Earth Cathedral, one that follows the taste flowing out to the end in gentle release with a balanced eloquent finish prescribed by, whom else, must be by decree of Pope John XXII. It is that noble. Spectacular expansive, serene realm of all that it touches kind of nobility. I like the accessibility of the Château La Nerthe C-D-P much more for the apparent multi-faceted spice complexities, but give Beaucastel their due and diligence, they are at the top in their own realm. Rate this 2005 vintage an easy 96
Wish I had bought a case of this before WS put it in their Top 100. Delicious, smooth, very fruit forward.
Vin unique à moment unique.. Souvenirs au restaurant "Le Verger des Papes"
I love chocalatey bold flavored wines, you can drink this wine by itself and it almost feels like a meal (not recommending for a weight loss program!). But it can really stand on its own, maybe with some cheese or breads. Really quite good.
A well made, fruity, but not too jammy wine that makes me want to start liking zinfandel. I don't know if its worth $30 or $40, but its a safe bet that most everyone should like. And the label is really cool.
For the price ($35 US) you can't beat this wine. It is mainly zinfandel and is very fruit forward with wild berry and an underlying spice. The wine starts big and ends with a medium long finish that will make you want to order more.
Rich, fruit forward without being the "fruit bomb" so common these days. Robust nose without the astringent smell for such a strong alcohol content wine. Complex on the palate smoky sweet without being cloying. This wine is a treat for me.
External Reviews for Orin Swift Red Blend Prisoner Napa Valley
There's a clarity to the red cherry scent of this wine, and the flavor follows through, clean and bright. Smoke, stones, and tannin emerge only in the end. Cellar to play up those notes; drink now with duck for pure holiday pleasure.
As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel's 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast, tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025.
The 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is far superior to the 2003, a wine of considerable richness, tremendous intensity, and impressive definition and length. Usually a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Counoise, and other varietals, the 2004 shows a dense purple color to the rim and a big, sweet nose of licorice, blackberries, pepper, Asian tea, spice, and a balsamic note. The wine has fabulous richness, great freshness, full body, and sweet, velvety-textured tannins. This wine should be approachable young, but hit its peak in about 7ndash;8 years, and last for two decades or more.
Beaucastel uses more of Mourvèdre, which adds structure and density, than most of its peers do, making it one of the more age-worthy Châteauneufs. Its '98 joins the 1978, '89 and '90 as a benchmark Beaucastel. The 1989 was our Wine of the Year in 1991.
The opaque ruby/purple colored 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical of Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2025. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals.
The opaque ruby/purple colored 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical of Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals.
[96 pts Robert Parker] Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is a knock-out wine from very old vines with 50% of it kept in tank and 50% barrel-fermented and the blend done prior to bottling. The wine has fabulous intensity a big sweet nose of exotic fruit fig marmalade and honeysuckle huge body decent acidity and an unctuous palate. It is a gorgeous wine.
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