2005 Château de Coulaine Chinon Clos de Turpenay (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

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Cabernet Franc, Chinon, France, Loire Valley, Red Wine, Touraine

  • 2005 Château de Coulaine Chinon Clos de Turpenay – France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (5/24/2009)
    Do I hate it when I mess up with my inventory…I thought I had three left, forgot that I had already had one, and now, I am down to only one bottle of course. Well, at least this was an amazing wine. Dark, brooding, and ferocious right out of the bottle, this smoothed out over the course of a day or two and the blackberry and currant fruit really fanned out on the palate. Earthy, tobacco, a hint of green bell pepper and crushed rock taste. And of course a little baking soda flavor when the wine was first opened, which I find typical of very young Chinon. This has the structure and fruit to go the distance. I don’t think this will drink at peak for at least 10 years and it’ll keep for many more years after that. What a great wine.

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