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2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
12/22/2019 - TMOVino2 Likes this wine:
92 points
I need to drink more of this. Great aromas of raspberry, dried strawberries, maple bacon, dried herbs (bay leaf?). Gorgeous ruby red. The palate shares the fruit and some licorice with some great mineral laced throughout. I don’t have a real reference point for whether I popped this too soon or not as I know these can really age. I do know I’ll find more and enjoy exploring this region old and new! Which do you prefer old, young, or in between?
  • bwine commented:

    12/23/19, 11:20 AM - I used to let CDP age longer, but have found that I prefer it with 4-7 years of age. Just drank a bottle of this myself, and agree that it’s in a very nice place. Elegant. I’ll see your 92 and raise you one, so 93. Thanks for asking!

2011 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon
Awful. Tastes almost like wine vinegar. Thin, light, watery and very acidic. Think this may end up being tipped down the sink. Don't waste your money. What little respect I had left for the "Wine Spectator" just went out the window. There must be something wrong with this bottle.

Update: My wife just tried it. "Ooh this is horrible, not worth the calories. Dump it down the sink."
  • bwine commented:

    3/28/14, 2:03 PM - I got the same impression. Did not enjoy this at all.

2004 Branson Coach House Shiraz Rare Single Vineyard Coach House Block Barossa Valley
1/29/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Terminated without warning today (along with four other people), and because I believe in celebrating the achievements of past years rather than lamenting the sour end note, off we go. P&P to decanter, serve. Color deep garnet with mild bricking. Expressive mature nose of blackberries, red plums, tar, leather, and coffee. Lovely balance of secondary flavors along with classic dark ripe Barossa fruit from a great vintage. Acidity has tapered off somewhat compared to my note from six years ago, but the depth of fruit carries this into the same impressive finish I remember, and now there are lots of fine-grained tannins giving it a velvety texture. Overall, this is aging well, still showing lots of class, but beginning to decline. Two bottles remaining and I'll drink them within the next two years.
  • bwine commented:

    2/27/14, 7:05 PM - Thanks much for posting this review; I've been debating when to crack my one and only bottle; it's held a comfy spot in my tiny cellar for quite a while now. Best of luck with the new opportunities that are sure to present themselves to you.

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