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Red
2015 Sidewood Estate Shiraz Mappinga Adelaide Hills
1/28/2022 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
90 points
No notes taken. Much better this time around...
Dark fruit, barnyard, undergrowth and spices... Full-body, fruity and complex. Better with food. To drink within 1-2 years.
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    1/31/22, 3:13 PM - Based on the time between the two bottles I tasted, I would say yes to showing a bit of age but not much. Still solid but real nice and complex. It should hold for a few years and may develop somewhat further...

Red
2009 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/5/2021 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
93 points
Son nez a évolué d'arômes floraux et végétaux à des arômes boisés ainsi que des notes animales. Pot-pourri, herbes de Provence, écurie, fruits confits...très complexe ! Saveurs de fruits mûrs avec des tannins poussiéreux et bien intégrés. Texturé, mi-corsé, ample et harmonieux. Longue finale sur de notes d'épices et de griotte. Délicieux maintenant et boire d'ici 4-5 ans.
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    10/5/21, 10:55 AM - No decant; opened the bottle more than 90 minutes prior at which time I sampled the wine to ensure no defect.

Red
2013 d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings McLaren Vale Red Rhone Blend
4/4/2021 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
91 points
En premier un nez expressif d'écurie avec son côté animal. Ce changeant rapidement en fruits noirs et de groseille, ainsi que d'arômes floraux avec ses écorces et enfin, de caramel écossais...très beau ! Un vin fruité et riche. Ample aux tannins fins et intégrés...umami. Rond et harmonieux aux saveurs d'épices, de réglisse et de cola. De persistance moyenne sur une pointe sèche. Prêt à boire.
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    4/7/21, 8:42 PM - Thank you for the comment. No decant but opened 60 minutes before tasting. Served with beef fondue which also included marinated chicken and shrimps...and lots of veggies of course. Compared it to a 2013 Priorat...see my TN's for the same date.

White
2007 Chateau Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley White Blend
6/15/2020 - ChateauDutremble wrote:
86 points
Nez intéressant d'herbe, de paille, de fruits exotiques, de fleurs...chèvrefeuille, de cir et d'épices...miel...complexe. On veut tellement plus de saveurs après un tel nez. Un vin sec et texturé...gras. Fruit très discret...une pointe de pelure de citron et de vanille après quelque temps. Je m'attendais à plus selon les critiques. Définitivement boire chambré, entre 14° et 17° C. Trop jeune peut-être ??
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    3/7/21, 6:23 AM - Merci pour le commentaire et conseil. Much appreciated! I will wait before openning the 2008.

Red
2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
11/7/2020 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
91 points
Vraiment atypique...mais bon quand même.
Nez : garrigue, galet, algues, terreux, champignon, sous-bois, mousse d'arbre. Acidité fraiche, tannins fins. Fruits mûrs discrets. Asséchant...15.7 % ! Souple et ample. Longue finale...soupçon d'anis. 2009...loin du La Crau que je connais.
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    12/2/20, 3:23 PM - Interesting that there are inconsistencies regarding the alcohol level. The level is clearly indicated on the front label... Based on my tasting, the level was definitely higher than 14.5%.

Red
2012 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
7/13/2020 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
92 points
Closed at first...then aromas of brioche, prune and apricot, rose petals and cooked veggies...and a hint of petrol. Smooth, fruity, sweet and soft. Flavours of cotton candy and toffee. Long yummy finish. No food required. Drink up...delicious!
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    7/22/20, 7:48 PM - Not really that far advanced on the aging curve. I suggest drinking now because it is in a perfect place with soft tannins and ripe fruit flavours. I cannot see this getting much better but time may give it more tertiary notes...uncertain though given the ultra soft tannins...from my perspective and given this bottle anyways.

  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    7/27/20, 8:56 AM - Agree. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

Red
2014 Torres Pinot Noir Penedès Mas Borràs
5/21/2020 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
91 points
Always an enjoyable Pinot Noir...a must for my cellar when available!
Nez intense de cerise confite entrelacé d'épices (cannelle) et de fines herbes grillées...très beau ! Un vin souple et fruité et harmonieux...bien texturé et profond. Longue finale. Boire sand tarder.
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    5/27/20, 7:56 AM - J'ai communiqué directement avec Torres...et voici leur réponse : Thank you for sharing your appreciation of our Mas Borras! We indeed still produce it, and it is available through Consignment thanks to our agent Philippe Dandurand Wines/Galleon.

Red - Fortified
2012 Union by Generations Co. Ltd. Fortè Niagara Peninsula VQA Red Blend
2/7/2020 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
92 points
My last bottle of many since 2016...already great but even better!! An excellent vintage...delicious! Not too sweet, not too heavy, not too powerful...smooth and perfect balance of fruit and spices. Really enjoyable. Well-done with an excellent QPR. 92+
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    2/8/20, 1:10 PM - I hope so as well! You're lucky to have that inventory...enjoy!

  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    3/6/20, 12:12 PM - Thanks for the heads up...much appreciated!!

Red
2011 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Catena Alta Historic Rows Mendoza
10/12/2018 - ChateauDutremble Likes this wine:
95 points
My last 2011...and it was even better than the bottle I tasted in August! Cigar box, blueberry pie, spices, floral notes, sweet berry jam, toasted oak, rubber... Perfect balance, unctuous and concentrated, complex flavours of fruits, flowers and spices, long finish... absolutely delicious and...now!!
  • ChateauDutremble commented:

    12/1/18, 2:59 PM - Opened the bottle at least a couple of hours before the tasting to taste for defects. No decanting.

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