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Veramonte Primus Colchagua Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

90+ points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The 2007 Primus is a glass-coating opaque purple with aromas of tar, licorice, pepper, blackcurrant, and blueberry. Youthful, structured, and balanced, it will evolve for 5-7 years and offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2025. (Jun 2009)

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At Veramonte each of our wines has its own singular way of expressing the ground and environment from which it was born. Being a vineyard-based winery is the essence of our philosophy We believe a great wine is a reflection of the care and uniqueness of its terroir - the combined environment of soil, topography, climate and people. We are committed to nurturing this tie of wine to its soil, ... Read more
At Veramonte each of our wines has its own singular way of expressing the ground and environment from which it was born. Being a vineyard-based winery is the essence of our philosophy We believe a great wine is a reflection of the care and uniqueness of its terroir - the combined environment of soil, topography, climate and people. We are committed to nurturing this tie of wine to its soil, to its "somewhereness", so that each of our wines reflect the full expression of our vineyards. Our philosophy at Veramonte is founded in our conviction that the terroir of the variety is of the utmost importance in determining the wine's character, quality and value. Read less

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Snooth User: Diderot
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4.50 5
01/18/2010

I am not the one who should review the Wine Spectator's choice for the #3 wine of 2009. I could not resist observing, however, that this is one huge hunk of vino. It has savory flavors and an intensity that are truly awe-inspiring. This is serious wine. It almost tastes like a major Burgundian beef dinner. I will be watching as it evolves and hope to have the vocabulary to describe it as it does.


Snooth User: qipengart
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5.00 5
12/06/2009

perfectly awesome; needs aging to extend finish


Snooth User: dynowine
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4.00 5
08/14/2010

Tested on a well-aired bottle, about 70 deg F. Alluring nose of spice, dark fruit, floral, and earth, in excellent balance and expression. Lively acid on the attack, dark fruit (plums or prunes?, blackberry, other) somewhat in the background with meaty and spicy notes. Finishes of same elements with extra wood. Dryish. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium.


Snooth User: connie7899
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1.00 5
08/15/2011

This was one of the worst bottles of wine I ever had. Over oaked, unbalanced...covered red fruit flavors.


Snooth User: Nathan P
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4.00 5
08/15/2010

Had at Vieux Telegraphe tasting by Daniel Brunier. Wish I had taken more notes, but I did write "good finish."


Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
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4.00 5
05/02/2011

The smell is of tobacco or cigar box taste of black cherry. It is very light in the mouth but the taste lingers in a very good way


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
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3.00 5
04/30/2011

2007 is one of the best vintages of Napa. This wine is clearly has some potential. However, it is not time yet to drink it. This is one of the wines that you would lay down for 4 to 7 years from now. It is still very tight and is not offering its atmosphere yet. It has a nice good color. On the nose, black fruits are dominating. Blueberry, blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate. Also there is a little hint of licorice. On the palate, very dry, big, bold, very tannic, a bit bitter finish, a lot of dark chocolate going on, balanced. It is still tight and has not a lot of things to offer right now! This is no way a 94 bottle of wine. Yes, this wine will evolve in the next 4 to 7 years, but I just cannot see how this wine has been give such a very high score! I am 88 on this effort.


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External Reviews for Veramonte Primus Colchagua Valley

External Review
05/11/2011

Franciscan Estate was founded over thirty years ago by Augustin Heneeus. Located in the heart of Napa Valley the estate owns over 200 acres of vines right in the Oakville AVA. It’s no wonder their wines are consistently fine and often outstanding. This latest release of their Cabernet Sauvignon from the celebrated 2007 vintage falls in the latter category. It garnered an Editors Choice and a score of 94 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine who wrote "A terrific wine that proves you don’t have to spend a fortune for top-flight Napa Valley Cabernet. It’s a deeply flavored, brooding young wine, filled with exciting blackberry, cassis and mineral flavors. Big in tannins, yet with a very refined, classy mouthfeel, it should begin to hit is stride after 2014." And because they own the prime vineyards where the grapes for this Cab are sourced, the value is not to believed. Don't miss it! View the complete Franciscan Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon review in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Buying Guide


External Review
05/18/2011

A perfect example of what Californian Cabernet is supposed to taste like. Ripe jammy fruit with a spicy undertone and a touch of cedar from being oak aged make this a perfectly balanced wine that is ready to drink. Enjoy it with your favorite cut of grilled steak!


External Review
03/07/2011

Appearance: Ruby red Aroma: Aromas of rich chocolate, coffee, and cassis with notes of mixed dark fruit and raspberry. Flavors: Extraordinarily rich and mouth-filling, with flavors of cassis, coffee and toasted oak that grace a well-structured body, full of texture with ripe, supple tannins on the lingering finish.


External Review
11/04/2010

Number 3 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009! Vieux Telegraphe is an iconic wine. Every vintage it excels, surpassing even the high expectations of this esteemed appellation. In 2007 when every Chateauneuf was a gem, Vieux Telegraphe was the diamond. Scoring 95 points, the Wine Spectator said "Packed, in a brawny, muscular style atypical for this lush vintage, with a gravelly undertow to the currant paste, braised fig and dark licorice notes. Picks up even more steam on the finish, with grilled mesquite, mineral and garrigue notes and a long, hot stone-filled finish. Best from 2010 through 2030." Extremely Limited!


External Review
10/18/2009

94-96 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, October 2008 "The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape should ultimately eclipse the 2005 and 1998. It appears to be one of the finest wines made by Daniel Brunier and his brother. Its deep ruby color is accompanied by a superb nose of nori seaweed wrappers, licorice, pepper, tobacco leaf, and gobs of sweet black cherry and black currant fruit. Full-bodied with a fabulous texture, purity, and freshness (a consistent hallmark of this vintage), a juicy, rich, layered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts for 45+ seconds. Although young, the tannin, acidity, and alcohol are all well-integrated. Typically, this wine tends to be dormant for 3-5 years after bottling, then emerge brilliantly. Therefore, I would wait until 2012 before pulling a cork on this one. Drink it over the following 20-25 years."


External Review
12/07/2009

Top 100: 2009, Rank: 3, Highly Recommended - Packed, in a brawny, muscular style atypical for this lush vintage, with a gravelly undertow to the currant paste, braised fig and dark licorice notes. Picks up even more steam on the finish, with grilled... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/12/2013

Schwarze Früchte, mineralische Note, Gewürze, Zedernholz und Tabak. Ein langer, nachhaltiger, tanninreicher Abgang.


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Appearance: Deep garnet Aroma: Inviting aromas of dark cherry, sage, and red plums. Complex layers of ripe berries, with undertones of vanilla and cloves. Flavors: Full‐bodied and textural, with ripe flavors of black plum and cherry, cocoa and cassis.  A concentrated, rich palate with round tannins leads to a long finish interwoven with blackberry, anise and mocha.

90+ points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The 2007 Primus is a glass-coating opaque purple with aromas of tar, licorice, pepper, blackcurrant, and blueberry. Youthful, structured, and balanced, it will evolve for 5-7 years and offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2025. (Jun 2009)

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Notes: 18 months in small oak barrels, 50% of which were new; 78% French


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