Touche, La Tache!

Tasting notes, for many in wine, are a sort of bane. Being able to describe wine in detail is a non-negotiable part of the culture. It is also, in many respects, a completely impractical, impossible, purely subjective art form. (Peppers? Really, are you sure you taste peppers in that? It’s wine. ) Vinters try to catch consumer attention with pretty labels, origin information, and lots and lots of notes. But how relevant those notes are to the average consumer remains undocumented territory. Do people actually care if the wine has a hint of cinnamon? Do people actually try to taste the hint of cinnamon?

With all of this often in mind, I recently had a good laugh when I purchased a bottle of La Tache ’66. I had heard “great” things about this wine and decided to taste around; see if it was worth the hype.

The wine was coming from some hyped area that goes by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, named after the regions well respected and famed Romanee-Conti. La Tache is an approximate 6 hectacres of Romanee-Conti  that have been around for some 700 years or so. (Does it really matter? It’s been a long time either way.) Working your way through history you’ll find links to one of Napoleon’s generals and his family as well.

La Tache produces mainly Pinot Noir grapes. So how does it taste? Raspberry. Cherry. Violets. Truffles. Sticky Marzipan. It tasted like a Pinot Noir. The great thing was the tannins on this wine. I mean, I couldn’t write about a wine without mentioning the tannins!

Sure, it took about 90 minutes for it to sit and settle down after corking.

Sure, it turned me into some crazed wino junkie.

Image stolen from, Corney & Barrow- Bruce Palling

It’s worth it.

Now go read this article:

Seattle Weekly Handsome Espresso\

Seetle Weekly Hansome Espresso


NOTE: I stole text from Seattle Weekly and made it appropriate for coffee, pointing out how ridiculous it was.



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