My friends and I ordered this Syrah to be tasted at our virtual event- 6 bottles in total sent to various places in the Northeast and Texas. When I opened mine, I was mortified, it smelled like a fish market. I let everyone open theirs and one by one the reaction was similar. I don’t know if we had a bad batch, but all were shipped independently to different addresses and have been sitting for 5 to 6 weeks. I hope this is not indicative of the wine, perhaps a bad barrel. Anyway, for now I would not order this wine. Shame as it was going to round out our 10th wine from CH, I was hoping to finish with a bang. 0 stars. No points allotted. Salut….
The disappointment of the weekend, and rightly so. A Pomerol wine from the infamously hot 2003 that showed off all the downsides of that tricky Bordeaux vintage. As I pulled it out of the cellar my instinct told me we were in for a stewed and gamey wine. I wasn’t far off the mark. I wrote two lines for this wine-
Burnt Plum. Cooked Prunes. Says it all really. Back in the day it got 90 points from WS and currently sells for $50, good luck. Avoiding wines from this vintage is sound advice. If you have any in the cellar, drink up as they are falling of a cliff at a great speed. Salut….
If you read my post on the Barrel Block Cab/Merlot, you will realize that this bottle was the other half of the BOGO deal, and it’s equally as bad. A duo of undrinkable, insipid wines that need to be yanked off the shelves. Here’s what the back label shows:
The only thing correct is the softness of the wine. It was like candy water mixed with a touch of red dye. Enough said. 70 points and 0 stars.
I am always leery of BOGO deals, it’s usually a sign…. I was right on this one. The back label talks this wine up in a big way, I ll let you read it:
Never did I detect any of the richness, complexity, blackcurrant or oak. This is probably one of the worst wines I have ever come across. Light red in the glass, it tasted like sugar water and candy. 70 points and no stars. A tremendous wave-off on this one.
Before we begin, (it’s going to be brief), check out my previous post on the Denisiane. Not much has changed, it’s still a really bad wine. The basic profile is nothing more than candied cherries and a sharp retractive initial palate attack.. I was hoping for evolution, perhaps something, anything…..nothing. A major downer, 80- points and no stars at this point. Ugh….
I’ll admit it, I didn’t really drink this wine. I sniffed it, made up my mind and then tasted what little was in my sampler. Sugared candy water with sweet strawberry on the nose totally and utterly threw me off this wine. By the time I actually tasted it, I was already looking for the next wine to try, I had lost interest. Nothing there. Just fake wine, with no tannins or depth. A major pass for me. I was so surprised that I had to do some research. A big name critic gave this wine 92 points! I could not agree less with that rating. Zero stars, not worth the effort. I would love it if someone else tries this wine and lets me know their thoughts, I could be way off the mark here.