2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (3/20/2019)
Day 1: Pop and pour and amazing funky character. Garrique, stones, tar, damp leaves and raspberries. Very balanced and excellent wine. Medium to long finish. This is the best of the bottles so far and will be buying more. Drinking really well young. 93 points
Day 2: Still has the amazing funk with roasted chesnuts, raspberries, menthol, stone and tar. Super concentrated wine right now with medium plus finish. Just singing and even better as the Gophers beat Louisville today. 93+
Day 3: Awesome. Roasted chestnuts, funk, spice, tar, pepper, stone and red currants. This is packed with flavor and concentrated finish. For $30 a QPR of the year candidate. 94 points
Recommendation: At $30 a bottle a case purchase! This will drink well for another decade but shocking how good this is right now! (94 points)
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2014 Sea Slopes Fort Ross Winery Pinot Noir – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (3/19/2019)
Day 1: Best Pinot Noir under $20. Earth, cranberry, floral, spice and underbrush. Very flavorful and medium finish. Good acidity. Just a balanced well made wine. Drink now to 2022. 90 points
Day 2: Better on day 2 with forest floor, cranberry, minerals, spice and cola notes. More concentrated and bigger but in a good way. Very balanced wine and medium plus finish. Hard to believe this wine is under $20. 91 points
Day 3: This bottle held up well on day 3 unlike the last one. Wood, spice, floral and cranberry are featured. Good concentration and medium finish. Good acidity. 90 points
Recommendation: Buy this wine at $20 on sale. Drink now to 2022. (90 points) $19.97 a bottle. Best Pinot Noir under $20 out there!!!
- 2013 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (2/14/2019)
Big Top Closeout Deal Wines; 11/22/2018-2/24/2019 (Minneapolis/ St. Paul MN): Day 1: Pop and pour. Perfect serving temperature as it was pulled from the passive cellar. Something I always need to remind others and myself when drinking red wine. Not the most balanced effort featuring earth, leather, subtle fruits and spices. Shorter finish and just not that interesting. I am thankful I spent only $27 for this wine. Maybe more promise on day 2 or 3. 85 points
Day 2: Better and more open for business. Perfume, floral, spices, chocolate, dark fruits and tobacco. Classic case of a wine that is not ready to drink but most would discard it. Day 2 shows a lot of potential and this could be a blockbuster Washington State Bordeaux Blend. 90+ points
Day 3: Dust, chocolate, spice, dark fruits and floral notes. Medium plus finish and balanced. 90 points
Recommendation: Hold until 2021 and beyond. (90 points) $29.97
- 2012 Kaesler GSM Stonehorse – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley (2/5/2019)
Day 1: Certainly not at the Avignon level but not bad. Stems, underbrush, violets, raspberries and spices. Medium finish. Very drinkable everyday wine and at $12.95 worth that price point. 86 points
Day 2: Raspberries, underbrush, stems, floral and licorice. Medium finish and solid everyday effort. 87 points
Day 3: Similar to day 2 with raspberries, underbrush, licorice and floral notes. Has not lost anything. This should drink well for 3 to 5 more years. 87 points
Recommendation: If you can find it for $13 a bottle buy it. Good every day wine. At $20 pass. (87 points) $9.97
2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (1/18/2019)
Day 1: Nice overall. Menthol, vanilla, oak, cherry, blueberries and burnt toast. Medium plus finish. Outstanding 2013 effort. This on a pop and pour. Nice spice quality on the finish. Excellent value under $30. 92 points
Day 2: Menthol, vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits and floral notes. Even better on day 2 and complex wine. Medium plus finish. This wine should age for another 5 years. 93 points
Day 3: Some sediment on the last pour. Really good and balanced. I am getting some nice pencil shavings, dark fruits and minerals. Medium plus finish and delicious. 93 points
Recommendation: Drink now but with a 2 hour decant or cellar for two to five years. A wonderful wine! (93 points) $29.97
2015 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (1/12/2019)
Day 1: This is rocking out of the gate. Very much the style of Pinot I like from California and it features cranberry, dust, spices, dried leaves and black olives. Very balance and nice acidity. Medium plus finish and should drink well through 2023. Excellent wine for $30. 92 points
Day 2: Drinking really well with cranberry, celery, subtle wood notes, dried leaves and black olives. A very alive wine with good acidity. This is drinking extremely well on day 2. This is a pop and pour now or a candidate to cellar for up to 5 years. 92 points
Day 2.5: Really looking for a glass of wine to end the night so this one won’t make it the traditional 3 days. Last glass is not as good as the glass earlier.
Recommendation: I would really look at drinking this wine over the next 3 to 5 years. It is good just on a pop and pour. I tend to find Pinot Noir struggling on day 3. (92 points) $29,97
3 thoughts on “WineStreet Spirits Sale Featuring: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon”
Thanks for posting this on the Twin Cities Wine Tasting Meetup Group. Just got a few bottles of Donjon and I got a bottle of the Sea Slopes Pinot to tyr.
Thanks John just drinking the DonJon tonight and this is amazing. Similar to the 2001 vintage. Cheers, Bill
Glad you found my picks useful. WineStreet Spirits is the best wine shop in town.
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