Community Tasting Notes (15) Avg Score: 89 points

  • Q1 Tasting - Cabernet Franc wines (Our Apt): Wine #12: Drank as part of a blind tasting of Cabernet Franc. For some reason I ended up pretty distracted during the tasting of this wine and I don't think I paid it the proper attention. The cough syrup and tannin combination is all I noted. I did go back to revisit when we realized that we had a '98 and '05 from the same producer/vineyard and I remember thinking it was amazing how much difference there was between the two wines. This one had quite a bit more fruit in it, was still very young tasting. None of the caramelized coffee tones of age. (3 pennies)

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  • Among a bunch of wines, this gem stood out. Groovy wine. Very Chinon. Starting to lose the hard edges with lovely structured CF fruit. In a nice place, but will be amazing in 5 yrs..except it has a neo cork, so I'm drinking my last one by 2014.

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  • Clay, pepper, herbs and some cloves on the nose. Seems somewhat closed aromatically in comparison to what I remember fro last times. Zingy blackberry and bitter herbs on the palate. Super dry. Quite tannic. Shortish finish. A bit nondescript. Lacking in some classic Chinon character. Good structure, but fruit is fading, so I'm skeptical about it's ability to age well.

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  • 89 - Excellent

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  • Very slight, floral nose. Strong fruit on the palate with blackberries and cherries. Some notes of baking spice, earth as well. The body is ok, the finish a little short with kind of a bitterness. I'm definitely not as excited as I appeared to be in last years note but I still found the wine very enjoyable. This would be a good wine to have with roast chicken or grilled porkchops.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    1/14/2008, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Breton Chinon "Beaumont") This had lovely aromas of ripe red and black fruits, nervy acidity and very ripe tannins and a just a very ripe profile in general. Not stripped of any of its Chinon character at all due to its ripeness. There was a nice herbal streak that ran through the wine. I would drink this ahead of the 2004 if you are sitting on both. Of course this will positively evolve for many years but no crime in enjoying it now. A lovely Chinon and for under $20 an astonishing QPR.

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