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2001 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
6/13/2020 - cct wrote:
94 points
It took a long time, but this has finally come into its own.
Dark berry fruit, black licorice, iodine, thyme, black olives, roasted rare meat, and subtle pepper and violet on the nose. A provencal market in the nose. Full bodied, and vertical on the palate with terrific balance. It is broad yet precise, with great detail and harmony. The savory , meaty, herbal and fruit aspects all coalesce into a greater whole. Some sublet violet, more anise, and iodine notes add an extra dimension that I really like. In all honesty, until this bottle (my 4th from a case), I doubted if this ever would develop into something special. In it's youth it seemed awkward and a bit angry. Only with the last bottle in 2017, did it seem to be reaching a good spot. This bottle has reached its goal. It has power coupled with harmony. Deep and long, and a CdP I was happy to have a second and third glass. For me, this bottle was an archetypal, savory driven traditional CdP drinking at peak. Outstanding on its own, but better with a braised pork tenderloin and roasted potatoes. 94
  • rwerner commented:

    6/14/20, 2:29 PM - I just had an opportunity at a tasting to try the new 2017 Vieux Telegraph. These always take 10+ years to mature and are worth the wait. My favorite CDP.

2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2020 - rwerner Likes this wine:
90 points
Opening the bottle without decanting lots of pleasant tannis but the fruit was hidden. The fruit developed in the class within 30 minutes. Drank with a ribeye steak. Time to drink these bottles up as don't expect it to improve.
  • rwerner commented:

    4/14/20, 5:57 PM - I drink mostly California wines living in Los Angeles but have traveled and tasted in Bordeaux and appreciate the differences. I had a bit left of the bottle the following day and had the same experience. I did not decant it as I didn't expect to finish the wine in one night. The first taste was tight with strong tannins and the fruit not showing. Within 30 minutes it tasted more balanced which might have been my tongue getting used to the tannins? I definitely enjoyed the wine but was hoping to give it a 92+ score but couldn't.

2006 Pride Mountain Vineyards Sangiovese Sonoma County
6/25/2015 - rwerner wrote:
88 points
Not much backbone. I expect more from Ridge.
  • rwerner commented:

    5/28/17, 6:46 PM - You are correct on my error. Thank you.

2005 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
9/11/2013 - rwerner Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank without decanting. Lots of tannis on the finish,leather, barnyard, earthy flavors.
  • rwerner commented:

    9/17/13, 9:57 PM - Time to drink it now would be my opinion. I feel it is just over the peak and don't feel additional age will improve it

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