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2005 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley
11/3/2021 - graemeg wrote:
NobleRottersSydney - Barossa Old Vine (Fix, St James, Sydney): {cork, 14.5%} [DavidH] Bottle 45795. Double-decanted before dinner. Developing and leathery. Musty too. Roasted beetroot and raisin palate. Sits all on the front of the tongue though, so despite the medium/full weight initially it finishes on the short side, and is dominated by alcohol. Low gritty tannins, low/medium acidity. No sign of the expensive French oak on the palate, and not much fruit here either. I actually wondered if there was a scalping TCA/cork effect, to be honest, so attenuated did the finish seem to me. Even so, pick the damn grapes earlier, you clowns. Sigh. Another disappointing 21st century Penfolds red.
  • idc2001 commented:

    11/13/21, 5:06 AM - I think you are right, it very much sounds like you had a duff bottle. I've been following a half case of the '05 and with 2 left I haven't yet had one that fitted this TN (thankfully). Hope you get to try a good one to see what you think.

2001 Château Gazin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/28/2020 - idc2001 Likes this wine:
94 points
Silky aged Pomerol drinking perfectly for us....looked quite evolved when 1st test pour upon opening (with some tawny hints at the rim, garnet otherwise) but nose was singing after 5 minutes in the glass and just as good in the mouth. It held up through 3 hours we drank it.
  • idc2001 commented:

    7/3/20, 11:29 PM - Thank you for the heads-up, user error as you say and corrected to 94 as intended!

2009 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Syrah
9/20/2013 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark purple color. Amazing nose of black currant/cassis, blackberries, minerals (wet stone), graphite and some sweet spices. Very beautiful on the palate with notes of dark fruits again (cassis, dark berries), licorice, dark cherries, some leather, and spicy/peppery notes and a touch of tobacco. Full-bodied and dense, with medium-high but pretty silky tannin and medium acidity providing some freshness to the big wine. Very long finish. This is hands down the best Thalabert I have ever had and I have been tasting them pretty regularly since the 1995 vintage. While I always liked the aromatic profile it lacked sometimes in mid-palate and density, which is obviously not the case here. And after 30 minutes of aeration... it even shows a much more complex flavor profile. I'm pretty sure, it will age very nicely too. This is a great value for Northern Rhône!
  • idc2001 commented:

    9/20/13, 4:12 PM - Oh no, was trying to wait another year before breaking into these, but this TN made me give in and I broke open the first lovely wooden box tonight.

    1st impressions fully support the views above, but have left half a bottle to see what happens tomorrow.

    Great notes.....thanks!

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