• levinml wrote: 92 points

    September 21, 2020 - Really pleased with this. Not sure what I paid, but major league profile, with lots of that C de P complexity going on. But leave it swirling in the mouth a long time and it's fun. Going strong, but no reason to wait.

  • trmoore wrote: flawed

    August 18, 2020 - Oxidized.

  • Beaunedoc Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 26, 2020 - Assessed over three hours. Initially the wine offered baked plum and anise. The Syrah was evident with some smoky bacon tones, and the Mourvèdre with some barnyard. The tannins seemed fine grained early. The 14.5% was evident. On the palate, black fruits and black olives, oriental spice box. It was 2007 ripe but not plodding as some can be. Acidity was seemed adequate. I never got any Brett, only garrigue. With food the tannins became quite aggressive, contrary to what I usually expect. The lack of acidity emerged and the wine took on a Port-like quality. It did have some nice aromatic lift as it warmed in the mouth. I would say the wine is mid age. There was no sense of decline whatsoever.

  • Bellissimo wrote:

    March 16, 2020 - No formal note. PnP, consumed over several hours.

    Full throttle blackberry, boysenberry, olive tapenade with bits of tobacco. Pretty modern in style, tannins are fine at this point. No way I would have guessed Rhone if it were blind, maybe Passo.

  • Beaunedoc Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 28, 2019 - Powerful wine. Black fruits, blackberry and black cherry, some coffee, some five spice, some tobacco on the nose, long black olive finish. Garrigue elements more on the finish than the nose. Fine tannins, which seemed more obvious with a Mediterrian vegatarian pasta dish. I was suprised that I enjoyed my last glass by itself more than the last glass with dinner. There is a bit of the big ripeness that I associate with 2007. Nice now but no panic.

  • marcelk wrote: flawed

    February 9, 2019 - fizzy

  • smphelps wrote: 88 points

    August 25, 2018 - Pretty super average, standard CDP. Didn't show much age, either, or development. Not bad, just not interesting.

  • oldcorke Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 10, 2018 - Poured in a comparative CdP lineup with no decanting and tasted over 2-3 hours, the VV had a promising dark fruited, subtle sauvage nose. Adequate, rich blue and black fruits currently balance notable, though not severe, tannins. The delicious fruit core is much more evident when tasted with an earthy, washed rind soft cheese. This wine seems quite early in it's development and would benefit from 3-4 hours decant or 5-6 more years in the cellar.

  • Intellectual Sasquatch Does not like this wine: 80 points

    January 20, 2018 - Something is wrong with the finish with thi wine. Couldn't drink it.

  • Baroque Flute Does not like this wine:

    May 17, 2017 - Agree with TYCHILL - doing very poorly at the moment. Nose practically absent. No fruit. Finish dull and unpleasant. Didn't seem overtly flawed. I would rate 79, but I'm withholding the number because it just might improve in a few years (2 more bottles.)