Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2001 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the other wine I followed along with the Delas and this absolutely trounced the Delas. This delivers everything one could hope for from CdP. Beautiful and pure fruit, oodles of spice and herbs and very pretty, silky texture. This completed the steak in ways that are hard to describe, but suffice it to say that it brought out the already ample flavors of the steak even more. A+ effort from a great estate in a great vintage and after 10 years of perfect storage since purchase. Fun fact: I bought this in 2005 at Robert’s Market in Woodside CA after driving down from work on King’s Mountain. This one has sentimental value, too.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.