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2016 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Impériale Red Rhone Blend
10/2/2019 - thesternowl Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep, dark purple. Plenty of brambles and spice...but really, there’s nothing here that gets me excited. This is a good wine and it’s quite quaffable actually, but not particularly remarkable to me. A bit of a reminder as to why I only focus on a handful of producers in CdP anymore.
  • azzah commented:

    10/4/19, 7:24 PM - Which producers are your favourites?

2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/1/2019 - Bathtub58 wrote:
89 points
Day 1: Popped and poured. Consumed 1/3 bottle over two hours. Minimal aromas and flavors. A bit astringent. Not much to enjoy here now or in the near term. I’m not convinced there is long term upside. Replaced cork.
Day 30: Fell apart, whereas I’ve seen other wines blossom with this much time.
  • azzah commented:

    9/20/19, 6:56 PM - It might have come around by day 60!

2006 M. Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée Syrah
6/5/2018 - azzah wrote:
89 points
Drink now if you have one before the brett takes over. Please Michel, if you’re going to charge this much for a wine, ensure it’s clean. Lots of beautiful, plush red and black fruit underneath but it’s been obscured by bandage aromas and flavours.
  • azzah commented:

    8/29/18, 4:56 AM - No, this was the only one. But given the price of this in Australia, I was highly disappointed!

2001 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/30/2013 - azzah Likes this wine:
93 points
Purple/red colour, just starting to orange around the edges. This is my third of these now - one previously from 2001 and the other from 2004 - but this is the first one that has not been cork affected in some way. And wow what a difference.

This is a massively flavoured, bold, alcholic wine. And it has massive impact. It is NOT for pinot lovers. Right in the drinking zone too, I think - it has a wonderful hit of upfront fruit - black cherry and plums with hints of raspberry and cranberry - but with a background of complex secondary flavours - leather, mushroom, tobacco. Oak still evident but sitting much further in the background. This is a wine that is very pleasant and complete just by itself or with a nice vintage cheddar and some salami.
  • azzah commented:

    10/1/13, 2:39 AM - I reckon it's got at least another ten years in it - cork permitting (noting that my experience has been that the corks used have not been high quality or reliable). For me, it's in a pretty perfect place right now though. I still like fruit to be dominant with the secondary flavours being exactly that.

2010 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance Syrah
6/18/2013 - azzah Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful colour - a vibrant blue/purple. And what a wine. Perfumed. Violets, meat and blood, pepper and spice, black and blueberries on the nose.

The flavours are Cornas writ large, with black and blueberries, meats, pepper and spice, licorice, and closing with black olive. A ferrous minerality too. Fine mouth coating tannin. Depth, complexity and length. Just amazing. I didn't want this bottle to end - it left me mesmerised.
  • azzah commented:

    6/19/13, 3:17 PM - I gave it 3 or 4 hours and it was pretty approachable by then. This was almost my perfect syrah taste wise. Every sip was fantastic.

2010 Rockford Shiraz Basket Press Barossa Valley
5/5/2013 - azzah Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful red/purple colour.

This is a such a beautiful Barossa Shiraz. Who said Barossa shiraz can't be balanced and approachable? Aromas of violets, berries - red and dark, and hints of anise. Raspberry, boysenberry, chocolate, licorice and gentle spice in the mouth. Really velvety tannins. So easy to drink with food. Will be great with 5 - 10 years on it.
  • azzah commented:

    5/7/13, 12:39 AM - It's such a great wine - so Barossan and yet not. I read a review recently that said it was porty, but this definitely wasn't. It was really light on its feet.

    I got three - one to drink and two to keep!

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