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Community Tasting Notes (42) Avg Score: 86.9 points

  • Farge: Klar rød mot rødsort farge, knapt noen tegn til fargemodning mot kantene.
    Duft: Noe blod, gassbind, kamfer (alle typiske Rhône Shiraz toner). Et streif av hvit pepper. Med lufting kommer duften noe mer, men holder seg til samme hovedtema (blod, gassbind, kamfer og hvit pepper), men legger på seg røyktoner og noen "fete" urtedufter i retning av oregano og salvie. Duften er interessant og er nok vinens sterkeste kort. Den kan med litt velvilje også sies å ha noe kompleksitet.
    Smak: Moden, tørr. Her er endel av frukten borte, men langt fra alt. Etterhvert utvikler smaken seg og blir søtere og rundere. Rundt to timer etter åpning er festen over og vinen begynner å tape seg i duft og smak.

    Dette er ingen stor vin. Men denne ordinære Cotes du Rhone'n i sitt 13. år er fortsatt i betydelig grad i live og klarer å påkalle både interesse og litt beundring. Og at akkurat denne flasken har overlevd rundt 10 år stående i romtemperatur i et kleskott er i seg selv beundringsverdig!

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  • Medium ruby to pink on the edge. Served up some mineral fleck, iron, and hints of dark plum on the nose. Medium bodied, this was a bit austere and lean, with sour cherry, garrigue and a touch too much alcohol on the palate. Last bottle of a case, overall these were excellent QPR wines best at their youth to 5 years out, ranging from the upper 80s to 90ish early to mid 80s now. Highly recommend drinking up.

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  • Lasagna dinner with the girls. Effusive cherry and earth aromas give way to a nice crisp if slightly acidic mouthfeel of mineral, sour cherry, cassis. This bottle is much better with more fruit than the one we last had several months ago. Mature finish of dried cherry and dust portends a short future. A great QPR and fine table wine.

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  • This wine is drinking so well. Rich, round and balanced. Not complex, but tannins totally resolved and lingering finish. Pretty good QPR.

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  • A bit flat, tired and lackluster. I guess I held it too long. I had originally given it an 80. I went back to it a few hours later. I bumped it up to an 82. Some fruit and minerality there, but it is simply a nutral, mediocre table wine. Its price was low I recall, so maybe that was its intent. I've opened several hundred bottles the past three years, mostly Cab, Syrah, Pinot and Zin. Only one French wine has held a candle to the California style. So. it must be the style,

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