Healthy color but something odd right from the start with earthy dark fruit that is very atypical for Vieux Telegraphe. The depth of the problem was not fully evident until the aftertaste, which was moldy, dirty, and unpleasant enough to preclude more than the first sip. Bad barrel?
Brought to Pago in SLC...by the way, they have an INSANE geeky wine list, amazing. Nice job to their somm, Evan L. Bought a glass of Anderson Valley Calif sparkling "natural" wine with my clams. Then opened and decanted this VT. So very delicious. Great spice/garrigue, lovely tannins, beautiful red>black fruits, finish that lasts 45 secs. Drinking beautifully now, and will continue to do so through 2022+.
Full-bodied wine, maturing. Fruit (red fruit, strawberry), some oak an leather. Has improved considerably since the last time I had this a couple of years ago. However, still rather strong tannins, would advise to have this with food.
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(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Group's #5 (my #5) – 77 pts.; 1, 1, 1, 1 - medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; youthful, nice tart red fruit, red berry, raspberry, white chocolate nose; youthful, raspberry, tart cherry, red berry, oak palate, very tight; medium-plus finish
(Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau) Dark red violet color; berry, herbal, chocolate nose; tight, berry, chocolate, plum palate, that gets sharp tasting on the finish; medium finish 91+ pts.
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