TN 2006 Vina Pargua Pargua II and 2000 Ch Pavie Macquin

  • 2006 Vina Pargua Pargua II - Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley (10/19/2009)
    Overripe plum with woodsmoke and green herb offer some promise but the finishing tannins turn bitter and disjointed. A few years in the cellar should help. I didn’t hate this wine, but it’s hard to think of when one might use it right now. At almost $20 retail at a LWS, it’s possibly a bit pricey to serve passed at a party or host bar. Right now, I’d put it with a rustic, hearty meal. (79 pts.)

  • 2000 Château Pavie Macquin - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (10/16/2009)
    Nice cassis aromas but very thin, muted flavors and mouthfeel, short finish. It seemed tired which should not be the case. I could not identify any specific defect but judging by others’ tasting notes, I suspect something was wrong. I’ll withhold a rating for now.

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