Had a Glass: 2008 Château Vieille Tour La Rose

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Château Vieille Tour La Rose
Variety: Red Bordeaux Blend
Designation: N/A
Region: France
Sub-region: Bordeaux, St. Émilion
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $24 (BC LDB)

He says: A disappointingly unbalanced wine that looks good, smells nice, but tastes like shit. Very unbalanced, and will not buy again.

She says: I can’t remember tasting a wine with such a terrible finish as this one. The jammy, black fruit quickly gives way to a super dry finish full of nothingness that seemed to suck all the moisture out of your mouth. It left me wondering if I’d even tasted fruit in the first place. It’s not how you start but how you finish that counts…

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby with purple tint
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful with hint of development, baked sweet black fruit, oak, medicinal
Tastes like: Dry, med acidity, med body, med- intensity, med- tannin, baked black fruit, plum, medicinal, med alcohol, med finish
Summary: Average, Ready to drink

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

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