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Vieux Telegraphe Chateau Neuf du Pape Pinot Noir 2004

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Snooth User: rachel27
4.50 5

Wow it hits every taste bud; dark chocolate, black cherry, smoky finish. I love the intensity.

Snooth User: JBaldwinRN
3.00 5

86/100: Color: Deep dark red. Nose: Dark red fruit. Very strong nose. First taste: Very fruity and sweet, initially. Then the dryness hits you. At first, the tannins really overwhelmed any flavor qualities i noticed, but after the 2nd/3rd taste, it grew on me. I actually liked that mouth puckering feeling from the tannins. The mouth feel was pretty smooth, not very thin. The finish was mediocre, around 10 seconds for me, but I was always left wanting another taste. Near the end of the glass, I did start to get some hints of vanilla that everyone else is talking about, but not as strong for me. Decent cab, but not grr-r-r-r-eat!

Snooth User: dbhonig
3.50 5

Quite dry, with most of the taste hidden by tannins the firsthour or two. but on the second night it really opened up. Vanilla, strawberries and espresso nose. Still dry and tannic, but vanilla and strawberry pie, whipped cream topping and crust included, are all here, with a hint of espresso and tar. Surprisingly long finish for a moderately priced cab. Good value to dollar, but not great on its own.

Snooth User: sschmella
4.00 5

This red is great!

Snooth User: vintagesf
3.50 5

We expected this bottle to have forward fruit. In fact, it was very austere and minerally. It had just a hint of the characteristic cherry notes of the vineyard and was a very pleasant wine, accompanying the appetizers (lobster salad, shellfish risotto, oysters) without overpowering them. It’s possible it didn’t have enough time to breathe; we’ll try again in a year or two.

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  • Snooth User: melomaurice
    2.50 5

    Just didnt do it for me. I was left waiting for the cab features that I enjoy. The smoke and ok were all i got. The dryness did hit late and at the end of the glass I got a hint of vanilla. Just an ok wine for me.

    Snooth User: rmoeck
    3.50 5

    Very unusual. Nice blend. Very smooth.

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    External Reviews for Vieux Telegraphe Chateau Neuf du Pape Pinot Noir

    External Review

    Surprisingly tannic and closed for an '01 Napa, but this may be a stylistic decision. It's a very fine wine, well balanced and rich in oak and blackberry-cherry fruit. Totally dry, but those tannins really lock up the flavors. Best after 2010.

    External Review

    Focused and elegant, with notes of leather and game running through the black cherry, plum, cedar, sage and tobacco flavors. Firm on the finish, where the flavors build, turning even more complex. Drink now through 2005.

    External Review

    Good intensity, balanced toward elegance and finesse, with appealing currant, light oak, tobacco and cedery notes. Comes up shy on depth. Drink now through 2007.

    External Review

    The 2001 Magnificat is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. It displays more force, depth, and delineation than the 2000, in addition to copious quantities of toasty oak, sweet, chunky, chocolaty, black currant flavors, and a medium-bodied, easy-going personality. It should drink well for a decade.

    External Review

    A proprietary blend from the property's Oakville estate. A blend of 73% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, the 2000 Magnificat is a good commercial-styled wine exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color and plenty of toasty oak, notes of melted licorice, chocolate, and black currant fruit offered in a lusty, straightforward, and satisfying style. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.

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    Thoroughly Napa Valley in its sleepy richness, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (68 percent) with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec offers abundant baked plum flavor set into tannins firm as iron filings. A cool spice in the finish keeps it terse and hard-edged, needing cellar time to soften and expand into the jammy fruit and stylish, pastry-scented oak.

    External Review

    Smooth, rich and polished, with layers of currant, blackberry, cedary oak and spicy-anise scents. Very Bordeaux-like flavor profile, with balance and structure, finishing with firm, gritty tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2012.

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    Sugar: 13.50 g/l grams per liter

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