Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Bernard Burgaud

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2015

Deep purple with medium intensity, developing aromas of grilled meat, smoke, blackberry, black pepper, mint, tar and forest floor. Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium tannins, medium (+) body, medium alcohol (13.5%).
Well-integrated flavors of blackberry, black plum, tar, mint, forest floor, black olive. Medium (+) finish. Very good quality - drink now but has potential for aging. Very approachable.
— a year ago

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Les Athlètes du Vin

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2017

A very smooth Chinon Cab Franc. A bright pale red in the glass, I was sensing subtle hints of green pepper on the nose with some playful blackberry, cassis and violet on the palate. I enjoyed this wine with a fabulous burger at Toronto’s outstanding Aloette restaurant. How do you say a “magnifique” pairing!? — a year ago

Trixie, David and 20 others liked this
Tyler Martinelli

Tyler Martinelli

Chinon is an underrated gem 💎
And that label is amazing!
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@Tyler Martinelli Agreed on both points!


Brut Tradition Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Egly ❤️❤️- Medium straw color, small delicate bubbles, aromas of almond croissant, mandarin orange and Brie. Most mazing Fuji apple flavors with a crisp lemon finish. — a year ago

Shay, Daniel and 32 others liked this

Sine Qua Non

Piranha Waterdance Syrah 2014

Shay A

One of the most open knit SQN Syrahs I’ve ever had. I got to this after it had been opened maybe 30mins and it was singing! A wine that envelops all the senses. Smoked brisket, teriyaki sauce, iron, stemmy blackberry aromatics. A plush and iron fist in a velvet glove on the palate. Glycerin like texture. Ripe blackberries and rhubarb pie in the middle with a savory, smoky finish that lasts forever. Incredible! Thank you @Keith Fisher — a year ago

Dan FitzgeraldWeston Eidson
with Dan and Weston
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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

I want some!
Shay A

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@Hugh O'Riordan : Simply incredible!

Clase Azul

Reposado Tequila

Better by the case! — a year ago

P, Ron and 13 others liked this
Howard Greenfield

Howard Greenfield

Nice- Stockpiling for rainy day???
leon egozi

leon egozi

Ha hurricane season is coming😀


Reserve Judean Hills Dry Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and bell pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and remove some of the vegetable notes.

I had it a couple of years ago and it was very austere, now it is very drinkable although still young.

Aged for 24 months in New French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— a year ago

Daniel P., P and 19 others liked this

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

If I was to identify a North Coast California vintage that is a “go to” right now I’d select the ‘05 without reservation, I’ve had so many spectacular samples lately and I’m smitten. This Backus was just singing tonight. Gorgeous, powerful multi dimensional nirvana. — a year ago

Bill, Eric and 46 others liked this
Jeff D.

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05 was a banger of a vintage!

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@Bill Bender Bill you’re spot on 2005 was a good one Cheers 🍷
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Dimensional nirvana. NICE

Paul Hobbs

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

My first Dr. Crane, have had To Kalon which I love, but this was yummy as well! 🍷👍 — a year ago

Shay, Susan and 16 others liked this

Marie Duffau

Napoleon Bas Armagnac

Love Armagnac!

92 points
— a year ago

Mark, P and 5 others liked this

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@M. Christopher Roebuck Nice setting Cheers 🍷

Clos de Chacras

Gran Estirpe Malbec 2004

Last bottle of the Gran Estirpe, Malbec from Argentina. This go around decanted for 2 hours. Dark and red cherries, blueberries, cassis followed by musky wood and smoke. Vibrant acidity with cranberry candy finish and mild white peppers. soft to medium chewy tannin. The tannin doesn’t linger along the cheeks and tongue just quite enough, similar to the last bottle (but now I’m knit picking). Overall, decanting for over 2 hours definitely enhanced the flavour profile and allowed for greater appreciation of the wine’s complexity. Alcohol content 14.5%. Served with homemade red Thai chicken curry. — a year ago

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