Rhone Tasting: Medium ruby. Tart currants, fig paste, rhubarb, tobacco, cowhide aromas. I opened this the night before, showing firm tannins, moderate acid and a course, dusty feel. Smoothed out by day two and got more expressive. The saucy black cherry fruit is laced with roasted herbs, pepper, rich earth, granite, dark chocolate shavings. Notes of anise and sweet roasted figs on the finish. Very good stuff but I’d hold off for another three or four years before trying again.
While not one of the better offerings from Le Vieux Donjon, this was till a great wine. Garnet red. Barnyard, musty berry fruits and herbs. Very jammy wine though lacking a bit in terroir. A beautiful wine getting to its maturity stage, but will probably improve with some more time in the bottle.
Junguenet bottling. Medium center with fading edge. Brown spice, licorice, and lavender. Medium weight with some glycerine and a touch of warmth. Nicely melded flavors of ripe, dark red fruit without sugariness, tobacco, and herb. Gentle tannins. Excellent, much better than my last bottle a year ago, and only slightly marred by the alcohol which juts out a bit. Still, in today's world, this is a very flavorful but admirably restrained Chateauneuf.
A Casual Wednesday in Toronto with the Toronto Cru (FWR, Toronto, ON): Slow-oxed for a few hours in the afternoon then followed over several hours and it didn't change much. This pours inky dark, totally unevolved. The nose is squarely focused on overripe dark fruit: prunes, raisins, dates and figs, with faint background notes of pepper, capers and black licorice. The palate repeats the overripe notes of prunes and raisins with a heady, alcohol laden finish.
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(Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Dark red violet color; smoky, herbal, very tart black fruit and tobacco nose; seems a little disjointed on the palate, with tobacco, very tart black fruit, herbs and high acidity; medium finish
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