2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape

2004 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape
Red Rhone Blend
Interesting blend of grapes that include Grenache (65%), Syrah (15%) , Mourvèdre (15%), Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc.  Yes they do have some white grapes in this blend but as I understand, all put together, they account for less than 5% of the whole.  Herb du Provence, garrigue, pine needles, started as fennel but became more licorice with time, pepper, almonds, smoke, dark plum and cherry kirsch, nicely structured with some chewy lightly mouth drying tannins and a crisp citrus finish. Dark, ripe, rustic, earthy black soil, minerally.  With air time, this wine became less rustic and started to show a creamy smooth texture that was very compelling.  Very full bodied for a CdP, good length. Very aromatic. Terrific CdP, showing well now but should have at least 5 years to reach peak.  N 9 P 8+ S 8+ B 8 C 9 = 93/100

1998 Galleron Morisoli Cabernet

1998 Galleron Morisoli Vineyard Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
Opened this with dinner on a road trip to Laguna Beach.  Paired with Lamb Rib-eye and lamb shank prepared with a fig reduction sauce. Maureen had a forest mushroom and summer truffle risotto.  First off, this wine had problems.  It was over ripe and oxidized.  The nose was fairly bad but the body and palate of the wine was not as bad, which is strange.  Something that I need to say is that I got this out to drink about a half year ago and never put it back in the cellar, it sat in our house, in a laid down position.  We have a small wine rack near the kitchen that we keep things that we plan on drinking soon.  I’m saying this as a possible excuse for how this wine showed but to be honest, I have had wines that sat in that rack for 3 years that never showed poorly. Our home is typically in the low 70’s and I don’t think you should see this much of a problem from so little provocation, but ……. perhaps.  Anyways, this wine showed a ton of dark chocolate character along with strong rich cassis and black cherry fruit.  It showed a big ripe character, though the label said it was only 13.5% ABV, I suspect a much higher level.  It had lush tannins that seemed chewy and rich without being drying, the acidity was enough to carry the fruit but not distinguishable.  I think this wine had tremendous potential but whatever happened to it that caused the oxidation, kept it from showing it’s true colors. It was still nice enough and we drank most of it but my rating as it was could only be about 88/100.

1999 Von Buhl Maushohle Spatlese halbtrocken Riesling

1999 Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl Deidesheimer Maushohle Germany
Spatlese halbtrocken Riesling
13% ABV. Awesome wine, shows a ton of diesel and wet stones with honey, apricot, white peach, brown spice, fairly thick, rich and oily. Edge of slightly sweet corn like character. Tons of umami character. We served this with a Thai yellow curried chicken dish and it was a big winner! N 9 P 8+ S 8 B 8+ C 9 =93/100

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