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2011 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2014

Deep ruby.  Dark berries, dried cherry, anise and lavender on the highly perfumed nose.  Offers intense cassis and bitter cherry flavors with sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances.  Aeration brings out a smoky quality that carries through the long, smooth, gently tannic finish.  There's 40% mourvedre here but I wouldn't have guessed it based on this wine's forward, voluptuous character.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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A Brooding Masterpeice
01/26/2015
by Gewurztraminer528507
Blind tasting against its young American cousin (2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard, Esprit de Tablas). Not unexpectedly, closed in, deep purple, with ample fruit and structure. Several tasters ventured a guess of California Cabernet! Only one taster detected a hint of Syrah. One day later the 2011 Beaucastel Chateaneuf-du-pape began opening up and showing its varietal character. this one will reward the patient person! The Esprit de Tablas was much lighter and elegant with a soft finish. Very accessible at this point but still a little closed in and not fully showing its varietal character. Guessed as a Bordeaux in blind tasting! Great fun to see what the same winemaker can do with the same grapes in two very different parts of the World (Paso Robles versus Rhone). Even more fun, preceded the tasting with the Tablas Creek White Chateaneuf, an excellent wine. Many thanks to the Perrin family for bringing their winemaking talent to this country.

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About Chateauneuf du Pape

The Rhone's Chateauneuf du Pape has been one of the hottest categories of the new millennium in the American market, thanks in equal part to the nearly candied ripeness and full-bodied, chewy texture of these wines and to an unprecedented string of four consecutive very good to outstanding vintages between 1998 and 2001.
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