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I will be loading up on 2006 Pesquie Terrasses.
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Finally some daily drinkers to pull through the system. I'll be getting the Pesquie as well, but also the Domaine Santa Duc Cotes-du-Rhone Vieilles Vignes. I had several bottles from a previous vintage when in the US, and it was delicious. Not to mention that the overall quality of Santa Duc's wines are quite high.
The Pillar Box Red is a great QPR for any Aussie fans. But I'll be passing completely and hopefully the next few releases. Vintage keeper full, offsite storage full, basement closet full, basement window ledge full, 4 cases in friends cold storage. Somebody stop me please!
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Originally posted by Emil:
I like this release. Fun cheap !


Exactly, thats what makes it fun ! LOL
Zippo for me, thank God. I unexpectedly won (if that's the word.... Roll Eyes) 3 lots in the Vintages auctions and am struggling with how to break it to my beloved.

Anyone interested in some 1994 Quilceda Creek cab?
[QUOTE]Originally posted by bman:
Zippo for me, thank God. I unexpectedly won (if that's the word.... Roll Eyes) 3 lots in the Vintages auctions and am struggling with how to break it to my beloved. "

bman, Are you still wearing that dress?? Big Grin
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bman, Are you still wearing that dress??


If I recall correctly, you've met my missus, or at least know that she is a Franco-ontarienne, so you of all people should understand and appreciate my concern! Big Grin
I will still be trying to find a spot in my wine cellar for all the wines queued up in the garage and the corridor leading downstairs.
Anyone looking for last minute wines for New Year's Eve parties, just went to the Leaside LCBO and the Jan 10th release is already on the shelves, including lots of Pesquie and Pillar Box Red. I suspect other LCBO stores are doing the same.
I tried the 2006 Ch Pesquie Terraces yesterday and it seemed a bit short and flat/simple to me in comparison to the 2005.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
I tried the 2006 Ch Pesquie Terraces yesterday and it seemed a bit short and flat/simple to me in comparison to the 2005.


I concur. I didn't have the 2005 so I had nothing previous to go by, but I thought the 2006 was thin and lacking substance, something I wouldn't have expected from a fairly young Rhone wine. It's definitely not a case buy for me, let alone 2-3 bottles.

On another note, I thought the 2005 Hess Cab was a decent QPR.
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I tried the 2006 Ch Pesquie Terraces yesterday and it seemed a bit short and flat/simple to me in comparison to the 2005.


I also agree with the above assessment. I tried the Santa Duc and liked it a little more but was not impressed . The Zonte Footsteps Shiraz was the best of the three by far and IMHO one I am going to buy a case.

Anyone try the Pillar box or Taja Reserva ?



Gibby
I just picked up some Pesquie and Taja Reserva along with a few others, but havent tried them yet. I am curious to see if the Pesquie falls short like others are saying.
I also did not try previous vintages of the Pesquié but found the 2006 to be pretty good QPR for a sub $16 wine and was a hit (factoring in price) at the Holiday parties and preferred over the Pillar Box Red that was served concurrently. Haven't tried the Santa Duc yet.
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I also did not try previous vintages of the Pesquié but found the 2006 to be pretty good QPR for a sub $16 wine and was a hit (factoring in price) at the Holiday parties and preferred over the Pillar Box Red that was served concurrently. Haven't tried the Santa Duc yet.


The '05 Pillar Box was definitely more of a fruit bomb, teeth staining drink. The '06 is toned down a bit more, which I think I prefer
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No issues with the Pesquié for me, I'll buy more.


Totally agree. But I can also save a dollar by taking some Santa Duc - here are 4 reasons: 1) The product of 50 year old vines, harvested very late, & bottled unfiltered; (2) Nice cepage of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre; (3) The grapes in the blend came from every part of the southern Rhone: 25% Vacqueyras, 25% Rasteau, 25% Seguret, 25% Rouaix, while technically only a Cotes du Rhone, the grapes from the best desginated villages in the appellation. ; (4) Grapes harvested at 2.5 tons per acre - incredibly low yield for a wine of $15.

Anyone looking for detailed tasting notes and reviews , please follow the link from my earlier posting found above...
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I can also save a dollar by taking some Santa Duc - here are 4 reasons: 1) The product of 50 year old vines, harvested very late, & bottled unfiltered; (2) Nice cepage of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre; (3) The grapes in the blend came from every part of the southern Rhone: 25% Vacqueyras, 25% Rasteau, 25% Seguret, 25% Rouaix, while technically only a Cotes du Rhone, the grapes from the best desginated villages in the appellation. ; (4) Grapes harvested at 2.5 tons per acre - incredibly low yield for a wine of $15.


Thanks for the analysis Nicos, very helpful. Smile
For $12.80 (+ deposit) you guys should try the '07 Antonin Rodet CdR, a non-vintage selection. Far better than the Santa Duc IMHO. It has become my house wine until I get more of the '06 Castellare CC's in.
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Originally posted by Peter Tofinetti:
For $12.80 (+ deposit) you guys should try the '07 Antonin Rodet CdR, a non-vintage selection. Far better than the Santa Duc IMHO. It has become my house wine until I get more of the '06 Castellare CC's in.


Totally agree with you that Rodet CDR rouge is a worthy wine that is usually composed of 90% Grenache with 10% Syrah.
I had to go an pick two Alpha Estates from my classics online order and tried to resist not buying anything(some fellow offliners had a bet going to see how long I would last so keep this under wraps) but I failed and picked up

2 x Pesquie Ctx Ventoux 2006
2 x Montes Alpha Syrah 2006
2 x Albada Tinto 2005
1 x NV Andres Baby Duck Sparkling Wine
and some german beers.
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1 x NV Andres Baby Duck Sparkling Wine
Confused is this a gag gift or am I missing something?
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
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Originally posted by Mimik:
1 x NV Andres Baby Duck Sparkling Wine
Confused is this a gag gift or am I missing something?


Kinda of. Will use in a blind Champagne tasting...hehe
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Originally posted by Mimik:
I had to go an pick two Alpha Estates from my classics online order and tried to resist not buying anything(some fellow offliners had a bet going to see how long I would last so keep this under wraps) but I failed and picked up

2 x Pesquie Ctx Ventoux 2006
2 x Montes Alpha Syrah 2006
2 x Albada Tinto 2005
1 x NV Andres Baby Duck Sparkling Wine
and some german beers.

Busted. Big Grin
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Originally posted by Mimik:
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
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Originally posted by Mimik:
1 x NV Andres Baby Duck Sparkling Wine
Confused is this a gag gift or am I missing something?


Kinda of. Will use in a blind Champagne tasting...hehe

Being this is the only Sparkling Wine that could possibly be in your possesion, Mimik, (and a blind Champagne tasting would be just that, CHAMPAGNE) you'll need to wait for a Sparkling Wine tasting (do we even do those!? Razz).

The eye is on you, my friend. Big Grin
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Being this is the only Sparkling Wine that could possibly be in your possesion, Mimik, (and a blind Champagne tasting would be just that, CHAMPAGNE) you'll need to wait for a Sparkling Wine tasting (do we even do those!? Razz).

The eye is on you, my friend. Big Grin


Champagne, Sparkling wine, Spritzers, same thing... Big Grin
The 2006 Domaine Santa Duc Cotes-du-Rhone Vieilles Vignes is absolutely delicious. I'm not surprised, as this estate is quality from top to bottom (at least everything I've tasted, anyway). I had the 1999 this past May, and it was also delicious and still going strong. Do I expect the 2006 to last that long? No. Then again, these bottles won't last in the cellar that long.
Baby Duck!!!!?? We used to mix that with rye whiskey in a wineskin to take to concerts...more than 30 years ago. Eek
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Baby Duck!!!!?? We used to mix that with rye whiskey in a wineskin to take to concerts...more than 30 years ago. Eek


So then it will be a nostalgic moment when you get to taste it, Steve8.
I'm not sure if anyone has tried the Pillar Box yet, but it does not seem like it is anything that special to write home about. I just checked Jay Miller's note - this is what he had to say: "The 2006 Pillar Box Red is 50% Shiraz, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Merlot aged in a mix of used French and American oak. Purple-colored, it offers an enticing, fruity nose including aromas of cassis, black cherry, black raspberry, and blueberry. Full-bodied, ripe, and layered with flavor, this wine totally over-delivers on my hedonist's meter. Drink this awesome value over the next 2-3 years. Score - 91." I agree that it is a nice wine with a nose of black fruit and dark berries, but it is hollow and has a fairly unremarkable finish. I'm thinking more along the lines of a solid mid-80 pointer, but a 91 is a bit outrageous. Did anybody else have a different experience? Did I perhaps have a particularly bad bottle based on your own tasting notes?
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Did anybody else have a different experience? Did I perhaps have a particularly bad bottle based on your own tasting notes?


I passed on the buy thinking it was going to be a fruit bomb. I might buy if I hear good things, but so far I havent heard anyone raving about it.
I tasted it on the tasting table at the big Vintages here and was very unimpressed. I didn't much love the Spanish monastrell (whose name escapes me....) I tasted either.

On the other hand, I also tasted the Tarapacá Carménère and liked it enough to buy several bottles. Great QPR.

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