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Help please--gone bad or just lousy?


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Help please--gone bad or just lousy?

chris | Dec 14, 2006 12:59 AM

I just bought a bottle of 2000 Reserve Speciale Barons de Rothschild Pauillac.

My experience with Bordeaux is very limited, and this tastes off...and not in a "I don't like this" way, but in a "is this right?" way.

The cork was fine, and the wine is dark red/puple--no brown. It's been in the decanter for three hours.

The palate is blah, nothing there...I can pick up subtle flavors in most wine, but has basically nothing. Once swallowed, the finish whacks me with the taste of barbecue sauce. Good, old fashioned BBQ. It lingers and I wouldn't call it pleasant.

I know a lot high quality Old World wines don't work well for us New World fans, but I've had some Burgundy and Cotes that while I didn't care, I didn't think for a second "this has gone bad."

Any thoughts?

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