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A few TNRs Please

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Menachem S


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Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:46 am

A few TNRs Please

by Menachem S » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:03 am

de Elvi Priorat El26 04 750ML 2004

Clos des Menuts 02 Kosher 750ML 2002

Ch. Cheval Brun 02 -Kosher 750ML 2002

both the kosher and non-kosher, as appropriate please

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Daniel Rogov


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Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:10 am


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Re: A few TNRs Please

by Daniel Rogov » Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:42 pm

Menachem, Hi.....

With regard to the Elvi wines a small problem in that the winery issues so many different labels, some destined for this country, some for that and some for local release, that it is difficult to know just what is what at times. Thus, in addition to the other tasting notes you requested, I'm posting for each of the 2004 Elvi wines that I've tasted.


Elvi, 770, Priorat, 2004: A blend of Syrah, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (40%, 30%, 20% and 10% respectively), that aged for 18 months in 4,000 liter French oak casks. A full-bodied, high alcohol wine (15.7%), more herbal-spicy in character than fruity, showing generous wood, cumin, white pepper and cigar tobacco on first attack, those opening slowly to show purple plum and berry fruits. From a technical point of view an "interesting" wine but primarily for those who enjoy their wines a bit on the "potent" side. Perhaps the elements will show better integration with time. Try again in 2009. Score 87. K (Tasted 11 Jun 2007)

Elvi, Ness, Ribera del Jucar, 2004: As many of the Elvi wines, a blend, in this case of Tempranillo, Bobal, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon (50%, 20%, 20%, and 10% respectively). Dark garnet in color, medium- to full-bodied, with somewhat chunky country-style tannins on first attack, those settling down in the glass to reveal hints of spicy cedar wood along with a generous array of blackberry, red currant and purple plum fruits and, on the moderately long finish hints of espresso coffee and licorice. Drink now or in the next year or so. Score 87. K (Tasted 7 Jul 2007)

Elvi, Vin Encino, Utiel-Requena, 2004: Following their usual pattern of blending Tempranillo, Bobal and Cabernet Sauvignon (in this case 35%, 35% and 30% respectively) this dusty garnet, medium-bodied and softly tannic wine shows simple but appealing berry and black cherry fruits on a lightly spicy background. Drink now or in the next year or so. Score 85. K (Tasted 29Aug 2007)

Clos de Menuts, Bordeaux, 2002 (Kosher Edition): Dark ruby red, medium-bodied, with softly mouth-coating tannins, and generous berry and cherry fruits, those appealing but faulted by a somewhat musky overtone that is felt on both nose and palate. Drink now. Score 84. K (Tasted 14 Mar 2008)

Chateau Cheval Brun, St.-Emilion, 2002 (Kosher Edition): Deep garnet in color, this full-bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (75%, 15% and 10% respectively), shows chewy tannins in good balance with spicy wood and an appealing array of berry, currant and earthy-herbal aromas and flavors. Best from 2006-2010. Score 88. K (Tasted 18 Sep 2005)

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