Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jean-Marie Arnoux 2004 Vacqueyras Vieux Clocher Cuvee Non Filtree

If you squint hard enough you might mistake a bottle of this for one from its close neighbor, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. (A day after I wrote this I experienced an aneurysm on my retina, not dangerous but it wants treatment, so no more snide comments from me about squinting.)

This wine is 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.

I aerated this and let it rest for a day after opening.

Dark red color.

Berry and wildflower smells. wood and cherry.

Cherry, blueberry and raspberry flavors, oak. Full-bodied.

Quite a nice wine for $17.99, but I can't help seeing it as as a Cote-du-Rhone that became very impressed with its self.

(I visited my primary care doctor, who arranged for me to see an opthamologist the next day, who's sending me to a retina specialist next week. Until then, reading is a little hit-or-miss.)

Update: Watchful waiting did the trick, in time, with no other treatment, I healed up fine.

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