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! 1,286 more words
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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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2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the other wine I followed along with the Delas and this absolutely trounced the Delas. This delivers everything one could hope for from CdP. Beautiful and pure fruit, oodles of spice and herbs and very pretty, silky texture. This completed the steak in ways that are hard to describe, but suffice it to say that it brought out the already ample flavors of the steak even more. A+ effort from a great estate in a great vintage and after 10 years of perfect storage since purchase. Fun fact: I bought this in 2005 at Robert's Market in Woodside CA after driving down from work on King's Mountain. This one has sentimental value, too.
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2003 Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette with Jamie Oliver's board marinated steak recipe. I followed this and another wine over the last two nights and I should really like this...But I find myself slightly disappointed. It is good, just nothing special. And I find the fruit too ripe, almost tropical, which means it overwhelms the other aspects I was looking for...the more typical bacon fat, meat juice and tar notes are not perceptible. Just too much fruit and it is drinking at peak now. No need to hold this one in the cellar any longer.
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2000 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie. Opened this with some grilled sirloin flap meat, salad and roasted potatoes. It is sheer class and elegance. This wine is all about the fruit, earth, bacon and violets/lilacs. Kept picking up weight with air but it is in a very feminine and seductive style that I simply loved. I wish I had a case of this.
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