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2008 Dacalier De La Terre

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Lake County

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Community Tasting Note

  • Leomania wrote: 86 points

    April 6, 2012 - Consumed over the course of 3 evenings; used Vinturi in all cases. Light in color, looks just like a Carneros Pinot as it is poured. Nose and initial flavor of Band-Aids, which subsides quickly and becomes less noticeable with additional time in the glass. Once that's out of the way, there's cherry, raspberry, tar and leather with a nice flourish riding on the ample acidity. Were it not for the initial flaw this would be a superb food wine, but as it stands I'm just hoping the next bottle doesn't exhibit this characteristic.

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  • Dave Smigielski commented:

    4/9/12, 3:02 PM - Leo, I hope you don't mind me commenting on your note. I recall a tasting note on a magnum that had that same initial Band-aid flavor. That could be just a bit of brett on the wine and more of a bottle flaw than the one of the characteristics that I aim for in the wine. I look forward to reading your feedback on our wines, in the future.


  • Leomania commented:

    5/22/12, 11:18 AM - Hello Dave. No worries, comment anytime!

    I have definitely experienced brett in a number of wines, and a couple in particular had amazing bottle-to-bottle variation. In low amounts I don't automatically consider it a flaw, but it was enough in this bottle to be above that threshold for me. Definitely looking forward to the next one; will let you know.

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