Ron Blachman's Product Reviews

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    (11/25/2014)
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2009
    $80.00 $49.99
    Save $30.01 (38%)
    Bottled to age with a long top-quality cork. Good color and body, legs are very slow to form; I think this wine has very high extract but not a lot of (fruity) glycerol. The nose is generous with exotic notes of juniper, Provencal herbs and something like tropical fruit atop the dark fruit and cassis. On the palate it explodes with flavor and has good acid and tannin for graceful aging but the fruit is not quite up to the other parts at the moment; the wine seems out of balance, short and a bit harsh from the acid or the high alcohol. I can't call it sour or even tart and I usually want more acid, not less in Rhone wines but this one just doesn't come together well enough to merit the price, (hence three stars instead of the four I might have given at a lower price.) Mind, it might become something special in 20 years but I don't plan to wait that long.
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    (11/23/2014)
    Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Grande Reserve 2010
    $29.99
    Pair with: Beef, Lamb, Goose or Duck
    Bottled and corked to last and a good thing, too! This needs until 2018 or later but it will be worth it. Dark ruby-garnet, medium body, very leggy. Big nose, initially just generally vinous but it opens with air to reveal: plums, cooked cherry, coffee, something floral, a hint of oak. Big, mouth-filling flavors - tarry fruit, at first the acid seemed a bit short but it came up with air,firm and prominent tannins. The nose and flavors both wanted some air to develop and I'll be holding this wine for a few years but it is pretty impressive. Is it expensive for a Cotes du Rhone Village? I'd say not because it is also an estate wine and a very big Rhone. First Rate but plan to hold it a while; my five stars are for what this wine will be in five years but even now it worth four.
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  • Rating:
    (11/22/2014)
    Chateau Fortia Cuvee Baron Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
    $38.99
    This is a sleeper and will someday rate very highly. The Syrah-to-Grenache is 1:1, much higher than in most Chateauneuf. This makes for a firmer wine with more tannins. Ch. Fortia also picked early enough to get a bit higher acid than many CDP's, thus completing the sturdy backbone. This one wants until 2018 or so to become drinkable and will really hit stride in the middle 2020's. Medium-dark color, medium body and leggy. The wine gets its nose on within minutes of pouring and it only grows from there: notes of cocoa, coffee, something floral, dark berries, a touch of oak. The flavors are huge; there is good fruit but (for now) it is a bit recalcitrant; ample acidity creates a lovely balance and will (over time) assist the considerable tannins in bringing a possible masterpiece to fruition. This is an old fashioned Chateauneuf du Pape - not so forward as currently in vogue. Be patient, be very patient and you will be rewarded. A bargain at $39 and bottled and corked to last a long time.
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