Callaghan Vineyards

Archives: March 2014

Remizieres “l’Essentiel” Hermitage 2003

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Deep red.

Vinturi – kalamata/dried fig reduction (is that possible?), impossibly deep nose. Menthol note as it airs.

Round and completely mouth-filling like no French Syrah I’ve had.. And unlike several other 2003 northern Rhones I’ve tasted – there is no hiccup in the mid-palate. This flows throughout. Concentrated to the hilt, but remains reasonably fresh till the end. Actually a middle-weight in an extreme vintage.

$150.

Mogador, Priorat 2004

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Saturated red/purple.

Open 3 days – wasn’t going to post on this but it’s singing now – clay/earth, raspberry, shoe polish nose.

Round and sensuous, with acid-driven tannin slowly working up the sides of the mouth. Huge mid-palate flesh and flavor. Killer. Just needed some air air to unwind.

$75.

Turley “Hayne” Petite Sirah, Napa Valley 2002

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Opaque purple.

Vinturi – very deep blackberry sauce, hazelnut/earth and a lifted character I can’t quite articulate (mint?).

Seamless. Extremely well-integrated in every respect. Beautiful wine, particularly for Petite Sirah. Ehren knows what he’s doing. Just lacks the complexity/dimension of the world’s best varieties. Or is this infanticide? Good question.

$75 at the winery many years ago.

Clos des Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001

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Light, dull red.

Another beautiful, expressive nose – woodsmoke, dried herbs, hazelnut, red cherry coulis.

Round, sumptuous and completely mouth-filling. Acid driven tannin sneaks into the mid-palate to frame cherry, herb and iron flavors in the finish. Not quite at its peak, but close… Wonderful stuff.

$60.

Artadi “Pagos Viejos” Rioja 2005

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Deep, slightly dull red.

Beautiful nose of wood fire/embers, grilled meat, black fruit. Integrated and harmonious.

Round and suave initially, then tightens up considerably in the finish. Blackberry fruit kicks through it all however. Just needs more time – like 6-10 years…

$75.   100% Tempranillo from old vines.