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Wine Spectator Review Rated 94 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out ...Read more...
Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty ch... Read more
Beaucastel uses more of Mourvegrave;dre, which adds structure and density, than most of its peers do, making it one of the more age-worthy Chacirc;... Read more
Distinctive, very monolithic, clean, pure and crisp, with fresh fruit zipping along the palate. Turning a bit tough and tannic, it holds back now, ... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner
Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty character. In the mouth this has surprisingly intact acid, offering decent brightness and height in the mouth with lovely blackberry fruit but here is a fair amount of alcohol showing here, and while the fruit does show nice purity the wine is not particularly well balanced. 84pts
External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner
Beaucastel uses more of Mourvegrave;dre, which adds structure and density, than most of its peers do, making it one of the more age-worthy Chacirc;teauneufs. Its rsquo;98 joins the 1978, rsquo;89 and rsquo;90 as a benchmark Beaucastel. The 1989 was our Wine of the Year in 1991.
Distinctive, very monolithic, clean, pure and crisp, with fresh fruit zipping along the palate. Turning a bit tough and tannic, it holds back now, delivering little seduction, hiding well its leather, game, truffle and black fruit character, yet itrsquo;s undeniably balanced. Made to age. Best from 2010 through 2030.
The 1996 Beaucastel is performing better after time in the bottle. With high acidity, this tannic, austere example is reminiscent (at least texturally) of a young Meacute;doc. Blackberry, earthy, leathery, spicy notes can be found in the aromas. In the mouth, the wine exhibits medium body, tangy acidity, plenty of meaty Mourvegrave;dre characteristics, and a structured, austere finish. It should only be purchased by those with the patience to wait for this wine to develop. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2015.
1989 is one of Beaucastelrsquo;s most successful vintages. Delicious young, it continues to age slowly as well as positively. The only problem has been reports about defective corks causing leakage (I bought several cases of this wine and have experienced no such problems). The winersquo;s dark ruby/purple color reveals slight pink developing at the rim. Intense aromas of pepper, dried herbs, new saddle leather, spice box, truffles, Asian spices, and black currant/berry fruit are followed by a full-bodied, moderately tannic wine with superb concentration. This youthful Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape should continue to age well for 10ndash;15 years.
The 1998 Chacirc;teau Beaucastel Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape includes more Grenache (40%) in the final blend, as well as 20% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance from other authorized grape varietals. It is an explosively rich, remarkably flattering Beaucastel, even after bottling. Most Beaucastels have a tendency to shut down completely, and not reemerge for 6ndash;10 years. Bottled early in the summer, the 1998 is flamboyant, no doubt because of the larger than normal percentage of Grenache. It boasts explosive richness, thick, juicy blackberry and kirsch liqueur, smoke, licorice, roasted meats and truffles. The acidity seems low, and the wine fat, full-bodied, and intense.
Super-ripe blackberry and cassis fruit dominate the 2000 Beaucastelrsquo;s aromatics. This low acid, accessible Beaucastel is likely to be bottled earlier than normal according to Francois Perrin. A classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, with the remainder miscellaneous varietals, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 possesses a sweet nose dominated by black fruits, loads of glycerin, full body, and superb purity. It will be atypically delicious young, yet will last 15ndash;20 years.
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.
Wine Spectator Review Rated 94 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 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. Wine Advocate Review Rated 92+ The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.
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