1989 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Vieux Telegraph: Flavorful.
this is the same night victoria and greg met sean. this particular chateauneuf was very fruity, with strong flavors. victoria thinks it left more of an impression than the 1998 chateauneuf that alan usually gives greg to pair with venison (that wine is very subtle), and this was a rounder, full-flavored wine that had blackberry overtones. 11-14 percent alcohol. alan's cellar. price unknown.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.