This wine presented me with some challenges for how to write it up. The initial thought was to put yuk and leave it at that. Then the thought crossed my mind, that perhaps, that might not be helpful. So I will try and see what I can do here. Ok, Yuk. Now that we have that out of the way … The wine is quite dark in color. On the nose are some black fruits and some wood. On the mid pallet are some of that deep cassis, currant flavors there for a brief instant. Then that becomes quickly overwhelmed by a strong dominance of alcohol, wood and some firm tannins. I did not enjoy this wine at all. And breathing helped little. All in all this is not a well made wine at all. I would be hard pressed to give this an 86. I have to apologize to the fish and pour it down the drain. It’s a pity it isn’t corked so I could take it back and say there is something wrong with it. There isn’t. But for some reason Yuk is not an acceptable reason to return something to the LCBO … Who knew 🙂 Did I mention Yuk? Odd, I generally gel well with James Molesworth’s tastes.
DELAS FRÈRES LES LAUNES CROZES-HERMITAGE 2007 VINTAGES 701359 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 19.95
Wine, Red Wine, 12.8% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : XD
Made in: Rhone, France By: Delas Vins A St Jean De Muzols
Release Date: Feb 6, 2010
Round and fleshy, with a delicious core of red currant, red licorice and crushed plum fruit backed by hints of fruitcake and mineral on the lively finish. Drink now through 2011. Score – 90. (James Molesworth, www.winespectator.com, July 31, 2009)