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Community Tasting Notes (12) Avg Score: 88.3 points

  • Rusty red color; quite muted nose, some subtle hint of licorice; lean attack, heavily spiced, lots of pepper, very masculine, pronounced tannins; quite overwhelming, thankfully not jammy, quite expressive; will it be more quiet in a few years? Very "forward" right now

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  • Nice cloudy, rusty red appearance to the '04 Barbe Rac. The nose is a carnival of aromas including barbecued meat, nail polish, poultry broth, celery salt, and mashed, overripe cherries. There's tannin on the palate which surprises me considering the ripeness here. Perhaps ripeness and lack of tannin don't go hand in hand. Amazing just how much there is to learn about wine. The palate doesn't excite me nor does it really let down after that dynamic nose. It feels tired for some reason but is hanging on. Was it super hot in Chateauneuf in '04? Time has given the '04 Barbe Rac some added complexity though I can't help but feel this is six months past its prime. In other words, drink now.

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  • Very tasty juice, yes, with notably high alcohol that would ordinarily bother me, but this bottle was rather seamless and velvety. Very good food wine, and I can see how it might not give a great impression in a pure "tasting" environment. Lush, spicy, herbal, and solid fruit all integrated into a nice package.

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  • Fleshy, opulent, ripe, rich, and warm (not surprising, as it is 16% alcohol after all!) with an aromatic and flavor profile of raisin, fig, plum sauce, raspberry framboise, spice, and heat.

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  • On the nose, this is rather restrained, but on the palate it is full-bodied, warm (16% alcohol), rich and spicy. Tannins are quite firm yet juicy, and the acidity is sufficient to offer balance despite the huge alcohol level and high extract. Aftertsate is long. Drink now and over the next decade.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2007, IWC Issue #130, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Maison Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe-Rac) Subscribe to see review text.

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