The Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine event is one of the better wine tasting events around right now, it’s small, it’s easy to get a good sense of the appellation and it’s not too expensive. 82 more words
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2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This is big. Huge, really. One can definitely tell this was a warm vintage. Very ripe, very tropical fruited, borderline roasted and overripe. I like it, but I don't love it. 75% Grenache, 10% Sarah, 19% Mourvedre.
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2001 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines. Great wine that is also drinking at peak right now. Blackberry, plum, pure truffle and earth. Reminiscent of mature Bandol due to the intense black truffle flavor and aroma. Really a great wine from a great vintage that is drinking perfectly and can keep going for some time to come.
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Once again, we find ourselves writing our harvest report… though only once in a while do so many positive factors converge to create ideal ripening conditions! 1,248 more words
2013 Penfolds Shiraz Bin 128. You may be surprised by this review, and frankly, so am I. It all started Saturday at Spec's while buying some inexpensive daily drinkers. One of the oldest Penfolds Bin series, cool climate Shiraz and a low price of $20 to boot. I followed it over the course of two nights. I think this is surprisingly complex, but pretty big by my standards. Clearly high octane, it has really juicy blackberry and oodles of mint/eucalyptus and dusty, earthy tannins. This needs to be consumed with highly spiced foods like a ack of lamb or even Samosas. This is good and there is a time and place for a wine like this, but I still think that Margaret River and Victoria make more elegant cool climate wines and I would prefer those in general. I enjoyed it though and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again for the right food pairing or occasion.
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2012 Domaine de l'Espigouette (Bernard Latour) Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu. This is the best of the CdRs I have been tasting lately. Only alightly better than the Pegau Setiers and it absolutely stomps the Chave Mon Coeur. Closest thing to a baby CdP one can buy. Dark fruit, licorice and even some kirsch liqueur. This is an astounding value at $18 at Spec's here in Austin. So good and easily worthy of a case buy.
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