Community Tasting Notes (34) Avg Score: 89.7 points

  • Liked it better than my bottle 3 months ago. Richer and deeper, but maybe showing a touch of alcohol as well. Definitely a CDP hiding in a simpler designation.

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  • Well, this is holding up well. Smooth, fresh and silky. Good cherry fruit and herbal notes. Well put together but lacking a bit of depth and complexity to go beyond its CdR pedigree.

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  • Powerful nose of feasant, ripe strawberries, leather, roasted meat... surprizingly young, with red and black cherries, fresh, ripe tannins, mineral... almost no sign of age in the mouth... incredible for a Côtes du Rhone!!

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  • More love for 2001 SoRhos. Best showing yet from this case. Tannins fully resolved. Red fruit driven with a nice touch of funk and herbs in the nose and on the palate. Like a mid weight CdP. Peaking, but should be fine for another few years. $12 well spent.

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  • -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted non-blind over 4 hours --

    NOSE: light raspberry, strawberry and red currant mélange; strong mineral note; lightly herby; a touch smoky or a slight matchstick note; moderate- to moderate expressiveness.

    BODY: medium-light to medium bodied; garnet core with bricking throughout; color is of medium-light to medium depth.

    TASTE: good acidity; drying tannin; moderately strong garrigue note; clean, with light concentration of typical, Grenache red fruit flavors; hint of sandalwood; fruit is very light; lots of acidity; 14% alc. is not noticeable; no point in holding off on these any longer: drink now.

    B: 50, 5, 11, 15, 7 = 88

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  • Powerfull nose of mineral, salinity, meaty, cherries, very ripe, hint of licorice... in the mouth, very refined tannins, salinity, red berries, very very nice cotes du rhone

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  • Fully mature now, this is all about complexity and nuance. There is a bit of funk on the nose, garrigue, dried fruit. Then on the palate there is plenty of mint, pine needles and herbs. It is obvious that this is an honest wine and because of that it is utterly satisfying. While I'm not a big fan of drawing parallels to other wines/regions this does indeed taste like a mature Burgundy. The last bottle I have left should be consumed in the not too distant future.

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  • Darn drank the other bottles too soon. This is drinking beautifully. Wonderful nose---garrigue aplenty. Mature palate everything integrated and a lengthy finish. Can't wait to try the CdP.

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  • Dark fruit and barnyard on the nose. Silky completely resolved tannins, low acid, just lightly faded fruit. Maybe just over the hill, but still excellent.

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  • This bottle was mildly corked but holy asian spice, sandalwood incense and white chocolate Batman. This is some seriously killer CdR. Damn I wish I had a case more of this. This such a freakin silky, perfumed, sexy wine that the corked flaw couldn't do it in. Thank God for red wines like this, they make a cold snowy April night a total joy. And yes, even corked!

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  • A little barnyard on the nose. Tannins are pretty well resolved, fruit still holding but very feminine in style at this point. Nicely paired with bison pot pie.

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  • Pleasure drinking now. Gamey and funky nose, but lots of fruit, spices etc. Nice mouthfeel with well-integrated tannins.

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  • Killer nose of bright raspberry, fig, vanilla, and just a hint of EtOH, but not enough to detract from the wine. Silky mouthfeel...The bright raspberry and fig carry through on the palate, accompanied by cigar box, a hint of char, and graphite. This shows nice acidity that keeps it elegant on the tongue...Really nice...Bet this will be even better tomorrow.

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  • This is very nicely drinking now. Notes of spices, garrigue, leather, blackberries. Very elegant but still powerful and long, high quality tannins. Holds long in the glass and in the open bottles (no deterioration 5 days after bottle was opened!!).

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  • Popped and poured. Nose of red fruits - strawberries and cherries with some licorice. A silky smooth wine - quite burgundian. Good balancing acidity. A lovely wine drinking well now - must drink my remaining bottles this year.

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  • Decanted 1 hour
    This wine is getting better and better, and I'd not be surprised if there is yet more improvement possible.
    Deep red with a watery rim.
    A nose of cherries, spice and pepper.
    Soft & silky- almost burgundian -mouthfeel, and a palate involving earth, fruit, spice.

    Wonderful CDR that would put many a CNDP to shame, that is now drinking really well. Can't wait to try the CNDP.

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  • Goodbye, dear friend... last of my 12 bottles. And then best one, too. What Dan Teng said.

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  • This is now open for business! Light to medium body, this beauty just rocks considering the pricetag (I think under $20). Pure, clean, moderately concentrated, aromas of strawberries, ripe cherries, pepper, earth, licorice...everything you'd want in a CdR. The mouth feel is silky and to my taste somewhat Burgundian. What a great nose! My first 3 bottles had me worried as they were relatively closed and I vowed to refrain opening any more until 2006... this bottle has restored my faith for my remaining stash and reconfirmed that this is one of the great QPR's, at least in my cellar.

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  • We enjoyed this a bit more than the last bottle (J. especially, who very much appreciates its rustic, old-world character). Red fruits, cherry and strawberry, with garrigue and white pepper, and just a touch of earth and leather. If I came across more, I'd buy more...

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  • What Eric said on 4/19/2005, including his comment on being stingy. ;-)

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  • Bought a bunch of these for like $14 when they came out and am about done with them. They have always been between delicious and solid.
    This bottle is more good than delicious. Very forest floor/pine/resin nose with a smooth mouthfeel. Medium weight and a good finish that falls off a little quickly but not too much so.
    Don't know that these have a ton of life left but they are still drinking fine. Gonna finish my last 3 in the next few months.
    Still, for $14 they are a solid value.

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  • On the way home today I stopped by McCarthy & Schiering, and they poured me a blind glass of the 2002 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cherry and a bare hint of brample led me guess this this was Southern Rhône and Grenache dominated, but I was thinking this was a simple Cotes du Rhône. Whoops, I guess that is vintage 2002 at work... There was also a rep in the store pouring a bunch of things for the staff, and the last item was the Petit Vin d'Avril Vin de Table, the bottom end of the Avril (Clos des Papes) lineup, a blend of fruit from 2001-2003. Hmm, this was a nice mouthful, not as smooth as the Usseglio but more highly structured, showing more character and backbone, much more clearly from the Rhône. Not bad for a $12 bottle of wine. Tasting this picqued my curiosity to grab a bottle of the Plan Pégaü Vin de Table Lot 2003 from the shelf and see how it compared. The price point is just a little higher at $12.75, but the difference was stark. Garrigue, cherry, a hint of stemminess, yet fresh, juicy and well structured on the palate. There is no mistaking the origin, and this is a pretty serious table wine!

    All of this pleasant yet ultimately average wine had me in the mood to open something a step up when I got home. So with sauteed salmon, shiitake and grilled broccolini I popped a bottle of 2001 Domaine Gerard Charvin Côtes du Rhône Le Poutet. This is a pretty humble wine for which I paid $16 a last year. The comparison is stark. The nose exudes Provencale herbs, cherry, copious white pepper and hints of licorice. The palate is spicy, herbal and so clearly Southern Rhône, an absolutely gorgeous example of Côtes du Rhône. The mid-palate is a touch hollow, but this finishes out surprisingly fresh and long, coating your mouth with that uniquely dry yet pleasant quality that I associate with wines of the region. I am probably a touch stingy at 89 points, but this is a very, VERY nice wine, well done!

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  • Solid CDR, pairing well with grilled steak. Pine and funk on the nose. A bit of tartness and heat overall, and somewhat short, but overall fairly balanced. Medium to light bodied, with a good dig of classic CDR grenache character.

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  • Another off bottle. Corked? I'd say so for sure, but I just find it hard to believe that I got so many bad ones.

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  • Drank with gnocci and mustard and herb coated pork loin--delicious! Sweet blackberry aromas and flavor--a good value at $15. I can't wait to try the big brother one of these days.

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  • This was my last bottle of this one. Don't expect I will be buying any more of this, as I just can't enjoy a "sour" fruit element. Oh well.

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  • Drinking nicely tonight.

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  • Opened a couple of days ago -- drank a glass or two, shoved a cork in the bottle and threw it back in the fridge. Over the following nights, the wine opened, softened, and became more pleasant. A positive form of oxidation. Still a relatively simple quaffer, it came across without some of the off notes of earlier bottles.

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  • This was $12 at Premier Cru, and at that price, an okay wine but no more than that. I wouldn't rate it above an 84-85, simply because it came across - in this showing - as hot, with tanins that are too grainy.

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  • I also noticed the pronounced garrigue on the nose, but I thought it detracted from the wine. The is a medium to light bodied wine and it is more tannic than I like a CdR to be. The mid palate showed some vanilla and berries. It is a nice enough wine, but for the almost $21 I had to pay for it at K&L (inlucding tax) I think I'll pass on further bottles.

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  • I bought a bottle of this on Eric's recomendation. I have to say this is the best wine I have had in weeks, really lovely! Not over powering, like what I often see comming out of the Rhone but a much more fruit forward. This has some funky aromas to it simular to a pinot as well as some strawberry, and, and, there is something else there that I just can't put my nose on. The palet is thick and lush. All in all a great wine! The hard part is saving some for tomorrow.

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  • This is a delicious Côtes du Rhône. Initially this shows some bright cherry notes, pine needle, and a HUGE whack of garrigue. On the palate this is dry and tart, showing nice acidity and loads of pure Grenache character. With a couple of hours this takes on a more black and leathery personality and shows a hint of animal on the edge. This lacks a bit of complexity and depth, but it is a great value at $15.
    DAY 2: This has softened considerably and is much more well rounded on the second day. This is now showing pure, sweet, dry Grenache character with much less biting acidity and tartness. There is some strawberry in evidence on the nose and palate, and this still shows a delicious dose of garrigue. I am sticking with 88 as a score, but this really is lovely.

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  • The first sense is raspberries. Then more raspberries. A nice mix of fruit, acid and tannin, and all this for only $15. Nice! I should have bought more than one. Maybe there are some left?

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  • Here is a wine any CdP lover should buy.

    I have the Cdp and bought this bottle of CdR to see how good a $16 bottle could be. Well, go buy some! Initial aromas of raspberry that envelops the palate. This wine just delivers the goods. Great balance of tannin and fruit with nice acidity on the finish. Served last night with beef spareribs braised in tomato paste, ginger orange juice, garlic and apricots over risotto.
    As we drank the wine, Karen and I reflected on the 2001 Brunel Cailloux from New Years, the Charvin CdR is 80% of the Brunel at half the money...
    Wow, I can't wait to try the Charvin CdP after this!

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