2007 Georges Duboeuf Julienas "Château des Capitans" (Elsewhere $15.99)

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According to the Wine Spectator: "Spicy black pepper and sandalwood notes accent raspberry and cassis flavors in this integrated red, which has a tangy finish. Drink now." (12/08) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Julienas Chateau des Capitans features tart plum paste and smoked meat underlain by stony suggestions and a slight astringency that may simply need a few more months to resolve. It is certainly well-concentrated, and finishes strongly with bitter fruit skins, salted beef, and wet stones. Drink it over the next couple of years." (08/08)

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By: Sonny G | Review Date: 10/25/2010
Pretty red in color...as silly as it sounds, it's as burgundy as a Washington Redskins jersey...

Smokey Nose with a bit of spice (I pick up black pepper, but I'm not at all confident that it isnt something else) and a sort of generic "fruit" note...

Clean flavors of raspbery and something slightly tangy (plum???) mix with what I can only describe as grilled portobello...tannins are barely present at first, but seem to "show up" a bit later on...

Somewhat of a minerally finish with an almost metallic "bite" and traces of dried fruit and a note that I can only describe as "briney"...this wine very much reminds me of those Hawaiian candies with the sweet candy shell and the salted plum in the middle both in taste and because both are really good in small doses, but can become a bit cloying with the more you have at one sitting...

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