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2012 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige Red Rhone Blend
4/8/2017 - brinko99 wrote:
89 points
Huge wine with massive fruit and alcohol. Complex spice, earth and fruit but for me overwhelmed by alcohol. Passed up on the '15s as a result of this wine. I live in Paso Robles, we get these big wines locally and I look to old world for elegance. This delivers opulence. No thanks. I don't see how these would age.
  • brinko99 commented:

    5/2/17, 6:01 PM - Yes, exactly. The '15s in general seem to be coming in at the "opulent" end of the spectrum as is. I expect that if I'm complaining of alcohol in '12, '15 will be no different. At the end of the day I just don't think I'm a fan of what Royer is doing with the Prestige. I tend to love the Tradition and Le Petit Roy however.

  • brinko99 commented:

    5/3/17, 9:02 AM - Thanks for the recommendation... I'll keep an eye out for Beaurenard

Red
2010 Tablas Creek Tannat Paso Robles
11/2/2016 - brinko99 Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium weight wine; a bit dusty with freshness lost from the fruit at this point. Drinking ok but has yet to develop significant tertiary characters.
  • brinko99 commented:

    11/3/16, 10:09 PM - Agreed and this was a pop and pour. Interestingly the recent vintages of the Tablas Tannat are remarkably more forward with less grippy tannins. The '10 is definitely more traditional in the sense that it is very wound up still.

  • brinko99 commented:

    11/10/16, 8:42 PM - Sorry for the slow response...

    Yes, indeed the '14s are pretty great at Tablas Creek. I have tried the '14 Tannat in the tasting room and have a couple resting. It was again very approachable for a Tannat with an immediate drinkability. Actually the ABV is 13.6% on the '14, lower than the past few vintages. Gotta love Tablas!

    I so happened to have tried today the `10 Tannat that a friend brought over. This time it received plenty of air. It still showed very fresh with plenty of acid over a smokey cigar ash character. There's lots of life in this wine with every sip surprising with something new.

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