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Veramonte Primus Colchagua Valley 2007
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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.
perfectly awesome; needs aging to extend finish
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.
This was one of the worst bottles of wine I ever had. Over oaked, unbalanced...covered red fruit flavors.
Had at Vieux Telegraphe tasting by Daniel Brunier. Wish I had taken more notes, but I did write "good finish."
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
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.
External Reviews for Veramonte Primus Colchagua Valley
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
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!
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.
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!
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."
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
Schwarze Früchte, mineralische Note, Gewürze, Zedernholz und Tabak. Ein langer, nachhaltiger, tanninreicher Abgang.
Food Pairings for Veramonte Primus Colchagua Valley
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.
Notes: 18 months in small oak barrels, 50% of which were new; 78% French
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