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Community Tasting Notes (9) Avg Score: 91.4 points

  • Typical for this label, from a warm vintage and in a good drinking window. Brett notes resolve to bold cherry flavor, with a meaty component to boot. Ideal for fans of the traditional Rhône style.

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  • The nose showed rich blackberry fruit, sweet spice, blue and purple floral tones with a hint of ginger. On the palate it was soft, medium bodied and juicy, as a mix of ripe dark fruits, inner floral notes and spice intermingled into the finish, which showed hints of tannin and dark berry fruits.

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  • Opens up marvelously and this comes from a next-day tasting. There’s a massive amount going on here, beginning with a nose that breathes deep forest compost, dark wildflower beds, musky blackberries & blueberries, hints of prunes & dates, and pressed dark strawberries all condensed into a vivid picture of a post-rainfall grove teeming with morning dew. The palate is a rich, raisinated, woodsy font of blackberries and black raspberries, fruit stems, and dried strawberries. The mid-palate bursts with an ashen smoke note that lingers and melds with the fruit till the finish without overtaking the other elements. This is a magnificent effort that evokes camping in deep, secluded virgin woods with dark and red fruits being smoked over a raw fire and served atop rustic cookware. Sensational structure and the continual refined, ashen element gives this wine an almost enigmatic, feral quality. Spellbinding.

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  • Echoing other notes, I enjoyed this big, structured, Bordeaux-like wine. It needed several hours open to blow off a funk of wet dog fur, which even persisted on the palate, but after that, it was delicious, particularly on the second night.

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  • This was good, but also disjointed. It put my mind to a 2004 Leville Barton I tasted several months ago. Indeed, this Vacqueyras closely paralleled that Bordeaux in taste profile, style, and construction; a great reason to pay $15-$25 for this instead of $55-$80 on a Bordeaux. :)

    This is a powerful, well-structured, but also disjointed wine, a wine of phases. It shows fruit, earth, alcohol, tobacco, all in turn. No two elements appear to be integrated. With time, I would not be surprised if it evolved into a pleasant and harmonious blend, but it's not there right now. If it does, score it 91-92+.

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