2008 Donelan Vénus

White Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County

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Community Tasting Note

  • tomherer wrote: flawed

    June 12, 2015 - Game over, I'm afraid. At least for this bottle. Was half off at AZ Wine Co and I just couldn't resist, even with the obvious risk on an older bottle. Figured it wasn't that old, and the pedigree meant a lot. Never occurs to me to ask "why do they want it out of their store so badly?" Someday I'll learn.

    Anyway, you can more or less tell what was here a few years ago, but it's mashed up in oxidative and vegetal notes. Drinkable, maybe, but why? If you've got it, try it. If you're thinking of buying it, don't.

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  • RichEB1 commented:

    9/23/16, 12:51 PM - Most helpful note I've ever read. I'm literally standing inside AZ Wine Co right now and was going to snag a bottle.....but thankfully did not because of this review. Cellar Tracker. A beautiful thing for wine lovers.

    Thanks so much for this descriptive review - saved me $30 :)

  • tomherer commented:

    9/26/16, 6:32 PM - Yes! That's awesome, really glad it helped. I was actually in there in July and almost bought the same bottle. Again. Great wine store overall, but that back shelf is a minefield -- just hasn't seemed to turn over much the past few years. Cheers!

  • RichEB1 commented:

    9/26/16, 8:08 PM - Agreed man! Probably my favorite wine store in town.....although the shelves are looking a little "less full" these days. I'm always a sucker for a good deal and find my self drawn to that back shelf....but there's a reason why they're 40%....and still on the shelf from 3 years ago.

    Cheers, and thanks again!

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