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2019 Château de Rouanne Vinsobres Red Rhone Blend
4/14/2022 - apple1813 Likes this wine:
90 points
2019 Chateau de Rouanne Vinsobres was well-structured and packed with Southern Rhone vibes of ripe fruits, garrigue and spices. The youthful Southern Rhône blend is clear and deep ruby in colour without any sediments. Freshly uncorked, there were expressive nose of ripe red cherry, strawberry, crushed violet and lavender. With four hours of aeration, it opened up notes of black pepper and olive tapenade.

The mouthfeel was dry and verging full-bodied, with medium levels of acidity and a rather high level of chalky tannin. There were flavours of kirsch, lilac, smoked meat and a vein of salinity in a medium spiced finish. The high 15% alcohol was a common trait of Grenache-dominant Rhône blend, but it did not feel overtly heavy. The empty bottle weighed 592 grams.

Chateau de Rouanne was a recent acquisition of Chateau de Saint Cosme in May 2019. It was an unbroken, 62-hectare vineyard at the edge of the Alps, planted to massal selections of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre with substantial genetic diversity. The complexity of viticultural work was an unimaginable quantum leap for Louis Barruol and his team, as their domaine holdings jumped from 32 hectares to 94. Despite that, they maintain their respectable quality and adhere to adaptable, organic farming principles.

The blend is composed of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. The soil is rich in marl and limestone. The grapes is co-fermented in concrete tanks. The wine is aged for twelve months in a combination of Burgundy casks and demi-muids. Readers interested in the winemaking philosophy from the perspective of the winemaker should read Louis Barruol's newsletter on the winery website.
  • Mimesis commented:

    11/6/22, 5:18 PM - “The empty bottle weighed 592 grams.” - Great!

Red
2009 Bodegas el Angosto Valencia Angosto Red Blend
4/24/2016 - Mimesis Likes this wine:
88 points
Big, coarse, hot wines like this were still fashionable back in 2009, when this vintage was harvested. So was Valencia, the region where it came from. Then the economic crisis hit and wine tastes changed, dooming both to obscurity. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but I still like this stuff when I'm looking for a cocktail wine. (The scene of seduction on the label helps there, too.) It also washes down a burger really well.
  • Mimesis commented:

    8/16/16, 7:13 PM - I've had several bottles over the past few months. There's been some bottle variation, but this wine is always better on the second day. Another tip - drink at cellar temperature.

Red
2008 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
5/31/2012 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
Table wines (mostly) from LVMH (Pat O'Briens Wines): From vines over 100 years old on their own rootstock. A picture shown of the vineyard was like looking at old Zin vines in the middle of a dessert. This is inky purple in color. The nose is dark cherries and some iodine. The wine is intense. There is a complexity here of layers slowly unwinding. Tannic with dark cherries on the palate. This seems to be a wine that could last for 30 years. We were told 200% new oak but it does not show too much. These grapes seem to handle the treatment.
  • Mimesis commented:

    7/29/14, 6:32 PM - 200% new oak? That's about right!

Red
N.V. Sean Thackrey Pleiades XX Old Vines California Red Blend
5/16/2011 - Mimesis wrote:
90 points
"What the hell?" was my first reaction, seeing this translucent wine pour out of the bottle. It looks like a dark rose', or a few drops of blood mixed into a glass of water. Why did Thackery decide to filter it? With those old vines, would there be an inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle if it were left unfiltered? Or maybe he just wanted to pay homage to the old-school Burgundy producers. In any case, it's incongruous to drink a big red California wine that's see-through.
The flavor is equally disorienting - more of a mash-up than a blend. For me, the Sangiovese comes through first, coarsely simulating the tangy chewiness of a Brunello. Then there's the bright cherry of a cheap pinot, and a splash of vanilla oak. The Rhone varietals contribute a lot of body; otherwise they remain in hiding - like three buffalos standing behind a tree.
After a few hours pass,I catch the aroma and taste of a Manhattan - the caramel of the bourbon, then the sweetness of the vermouth, all finished off by the heat of alcohol.
My conclusion? I'd have to say that Pleiades XX is very complicated, but unfortunately not all that complex. Yet for all my doubts, it's still a great conversation piece, so I've added a couple of points to my rating for novelty interest. If you believe that the best wines are the ones that give you stories to tell, this one is a classic.
  • Mimesis commented:

    3/30/14, 7:37 PM - I had my first glass of Chateau Rayas two weeks ago, and felt like I finally understood the Pleiades XX after puzzling over it for three years. I'm guessing that it's a homage of sorts.

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