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2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/1/2021 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Plum and soy sauce on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, plum, currant, and notes of cocoa and savory herbs on the medium to long finish, with moderate tannins and moderate acidity. This is excellent, and it was an excellent value at about $65. At the $95 I see it going for now, it would be an average value. The Cellartracker drinking window looks about right.
  • RichardP commented:

    8/3/21, 2:57 PM - This bottle was open for about 20 minutes before pouring; no decanting was required, and there was no sediment. It did evolve and improve somewhat over 2+ hours. It's not too early to drink this, but there's no need to hurry either.

Red
2013 Calluna Vineyards Calluna Estate Chalk Hill Red Bordeaux Blend
8/8/2018 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Cherry and strawberry on the nose. On the palate, rich red and black berries with notes of tobacco and savory herbs on the long finish, with moderate tannins and good acidity. This opened up over an hour or two, and it continued to improve overnight; it's already excellent, but it should improve further. It's a good value at a little under $70.
  • RichardP commented:

    4/23/20, 2:32 PM - At $39 it would be a no-brainer. Too bad I don't follow Last Bottle much any more.

Red
2016 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/15/2019 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
Strawberry on the nose; on the palate, strawberry and blackberry, powerful notes of pepper and herbs, smooth tannins and strong acidity. I don't think it's quite as good as the young 2010, but it's unquestionably excellent, and it's an excellent value at about $50. Drink it now for the fruit, or keep it for five years to evolve.
  • RichardP commented:

    5/24/19, 3:51 PM - Ravi Deshpande: In my experience, Grenache-based wines are rich and fruity when young, and then often go through a "closed" phase where they are less interesting, after which they open up again. When they come back they have a somewhat different character, which you could call more sophisticated. As long as the wine isn't closed down, you should be able to enjoy it at any time. If it is closed, try decanting for a few hours to see if you can bring out the fruit.

Red
2013 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/15/2019 - RichardP wrote:
93 points
This has a distinctive floral note on the nose; possibly lavender? The same note is present on the palate, along with blueberries and currant, with notes of savory spice and moderate smooth tannins on the medium to long finish. This is excellent and distinctive, and it has room to improve. It's a good value at about $75.
  • RichardP commented:

    4/15/19, 7:47 PM - The price was a one-day closeout sale, and if you weren't on the mailing list you didn't get a chance at it. Telling you the store won't help you, since it probably won't happen again - sales of the kind are like lightning striking. I wish I had bought a few more bottles.

Red
2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
7/7/2016 - RichardP wrote:
90 points
Camphor on the nose. On the palate, cherry and cranberry, with earthy notes on the medium finish; light tannins and moderate acidity. This is excellent, but not really impressive -- I was expecting something more. It does taste young, so it may improve with a few more years on it, but the light tannins suggest that it won't have a particularly long life. Average value at a bit under $60 all in.
  • RichardP commented:

    7/8/16, 5:05 PM - This was pop and pour, and then it was drunk over about three hours, during which period the tannins faded somewhat, but otherwise it didn't change much. It obviously isn't going to be past its prime any time soon, but it may take more than a few years for it to develop interesting secondary flavors as well. I expected more acidity and tannin to carry it along while that is happening. Even so, based on this bottle I won't be opening another one any time soon.

Red
1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/2/2015 - RichardP wrote:
88 points
Old leather and prune on the nose. On the palate, light cherry, a bit of prune, leather, and overpowering sour acidity, a bit like pickle juice but without the acetic acid component. Not bad, but not to my taste, and it also doesn't completely match what other people have described here -- I can't detect any flaw, but bottle variation might be at work here.
  • RichardP commented:

    3/4/15, 4:41 PM - Harley1199: "Not to my taste" because of the pickle juice element, which some people don't mind but doesn't appeal to me. "Bottle variation" because what I found doesn't match what other people seem to be describing. "Missing something good" -- good for whom, exactly? Not for me, at least not in this bottle. I hope the next one is better.

Red
2008 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
12/21/2014 - RichardP wrote:
91 points
Iodine and camphor on the nose. On the palate, raspberry and iodine, with white pepper and herbs on the medium to long finish. For me, this tastes more like a Gigondas from a good year than a Chateauneuf from a poor one. Excellent value for money at $25.
  • RichardP commented:

    12/23/14, 2:59 PM - Chatters, yes, this is still on the young side, and probably has several years left in it.

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