Three holiday wines


The three wines in today posts were all drunk right around Christmas.  I diligently photographed the bottles and had every intent to publish this post a week ago.  But one thing led to another, playing Harry Potter Wizard Chess with my daughter, difficulties learning some visualization software for a historic post, and much time spent reading through my wine cookery books…and looking for more to purchase.

The 1970 Torres, Gran Coronas, Penedes Reserva is a mature wine with mouthfilling flavors and no sense of fragility.  It does show some age for the middle is a bit hollow.  It is an affordable bottle so I would not hesitate to purchase another one to enjoy and even see if it can prove a richer experience.  The debut release of the 2001 Tardieu-Laurent, Cuvee Speciale, Chateauneuf du Pape sports impressive and attractive flavor.  It has classic fruit, garrigue, and earth in a racy package.  This bottle drank as if it could develop for a few more years but I would not hold on long after that.  I have found the use of oak in the Tardieu-Laurent Grenache based wines can outlast the fruit.  Our bottle of 2010 Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Chore-Les-Beaune never became fully open.  The cherry and black fruit was attractive but every time I came back to my glass, I kept wanting more. Perhaps try again in a few years?  The Torres was recently purchased from Chambers St Wines while the Tardieu-Laurent and Tollot-Beaut came from MacArthur Beverages.

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1970 Torres, Gran Coronas, Penedes Reserva
Originally intended for Swiss market. Imported by T. Elenteny.  This wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The nose revealed red berries scented by aromatic, old wood with developing aromas of cherry. The tart start became mouthfilling with air showing savory, weighty flavor.  Though a touch hollow in the middle, this satisfying wine has plenty of life and structure to keep the wine around.  With air it showed vintage perfume notes, lipstick, and a generally old school aftertaste.  Drink now but will last.  *** Now.

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2001 Tardieu-Laurent, Cuvee Speciale, Chateauneuf du Pape
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from 75-80 year old vines.  Alcohol 14.5%.  A classic Chateauneuf du Pape nose of garrigue and fruit.  In the mouth the garrigue infused ripe, blue fruit was savory in the middle with very fine, baking spiced flavored tannins in the finish.  With air the wine picks up body and an earthy hint.  With lovely flavor throughout, the racy and earthy finish, shows more baking spices with time.  This should develop a bit more but the structure will ultimately out strip the flavor.  ***(*) Now – 2020.

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2010 Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Chore-Les-Beaune
Alcohol 13%.  This attractive wine began with hard cherry flavors backed by black fruit in the finish.  It was slightly tart with watering acidity and some fine wood.  Overall, a solid wine which remained tight, suggesting the need for a few more years of age.  **(*) 2017-2020.

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