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    Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2012
    Well corked to last for a decade or more. Medium purplish-ruby color, medium body and very leggy. It has a generous nose showing berries, a little oak and a hint of something floral. Big flavors with a lot of tarry fruit, acid to match and respectable tannin; less appealing is a bitter note- a little is nice but this lingers unpleasantly. There is also a bit of "petillance" (prickly CO2) suggesting some fermentation after bottling or just before. I think this will mellow with age and peak in the 2019 to 2024 timeframe. At $32 it didn't meet expectations upon my first tasting. Tasted again in June 2015 and the petillance was gone, the wine had settled down and I liked it better. Also, has it on sale right now at $28. I can recommend it.
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    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2013
    Sold Out $29.99
    2012 vintage available for $27.99
    Style: Big & Bold
    The color is intense, dark ruby-garnet. Full bodied, legs form slowly at first but then are numerous and heavy. This suggests high total extract and fruit in a high-alcohol wine and that is just what I experienced. The nose took a an hour's air to develop but then was lovely, medium-to-big with blackberries, warm climate herbs, a hint of peonies, olives, creosote - much more fragrant than the 2012! The flavors are big with lots of tarry fruit, good acid and middling-to-hefty tannins. The alcohol is a bit prominent and harsh right now. There's a bit of sediment, looks like tartrates; this is consistent with high total extract. This wants time, I think it will start drinking very well circa 2018 and will continue as long as the cork holds up. The cork is of good quality and medium-long and this will set the limit on this wine...2025 or so?
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    Villa Ponciago Fleurie La Reserve 2011
    Sold Out $24.99
    2012 vintage available for $22.99
    Pair with: Highly seasoned lamb, Curries
    Tasted May 2015. Intense color, medium body, leggy. Nose is medium-sized and sort of nondescript-Gamay-vinous at first; with air the general vinous tone subsides and a smallish floral nose emerges. One expects Fleurie to be fragrant, this falls a little short. The flavors are good, tart and bright with fruit to balance. Tthere's enough tannin to suggest two or three years ageing will be rewarded. The composite cork is of good quality and length so I'd target 2017 to 2019 to drink this up. It is nicely priced at $20 and at the upper end of three star wines.
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