Chateauneuf-du-Pape Dinner (Del Frisco - Chicago IL): While I'd consider this oxidative under normal circumstances, I'd almost consider this spring fresh in context of the Beaucastel Blanc VV flight. Pleasant and well balanced with a nice sense of energy on finish.
This bottle had slightly more oxidative characteristics compared to my last one. Lush, thick and ripe, like I remember it. Seemed like it's wonderful acidity and complexity were a tad subdued. Still, a beautiful wine. 17.5/20
Liquid gold in the glass. Nose presents beeswax, honey, white sultanas, marzipan, dried herbs and nectarine. Only a faint hint of oxidation, which adds complexity and depth. On the palate this is silky smooth, yet very broad and impressive! Again there's nectarine, caramel, truffles, vanilla, honeysuckle and nutty nuances like hazelnut and almond. Great supportive acidity, excellent length. A great and complete wine to drink now. 18.5/20
The mystery of these wines continues. This was by far the best of the case - and the last one. Medium gold, nutty nose showing some sherry, but the wine is fresh on the palate with a nice, oily finish. It shows some fruit, but great minerals and not the oxidized wine I have had so many times in the past. So I hope it is not bottle variation, but for those with some left, that this wine has emerged from the dumb state. A-/?
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(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc) An enticing colour here, a pale golden hue with a nuance of onion-skin. The nose offers up aromas of pears, stone fruits, herbs and minerals. A clean and rounded layer of fruit on the palate, with nuances of bitter herbs, minerals, quinine and blossom. A creamy texture balanced by fresh, crisp acidity through to the finish.
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