There is good news and bad news about this wine. The good news is that it is one of the least expensive Chateauneuf du Papes in the marketplace. The bad news is that in reality, there are lots of Cotes du Rhones that are better for less money. That said, it is certainly a fine wine to drink. It is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has tart cherries, cranberries with a bit of pepper. Medium bodied. On the palate, the cranberries dominate with a touch of rhubarb. One dimensional. Easy drinking.
Südsteiermark is a region in southeastern Austria that produces excellent, fruity Sauvignon Blancs which is exactly what this wine is. This is one of this producers entry level bottlings. Yellow/gold/green in color. The nose is pretty with pears, slight gooseberries, limes and minerals. On the palate, the limes and gooseberries stand out although there is some underlying minerality. Fresh with lots of energy. Long finish. This should be consumed in the next year or two. It drinks well on its own and will work well with lighter fowl or seafood dishes.
This is made from the Blaufrankish grape. Really an excellent wine. This is deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with sour cherries, plums, dust, baking spices, anise and a slight meaty note. Complex and big. Full bodied. On the palate, this is delicious. Lots of upfront plums turning to sour cherries. Underneath is a meaty/earthy quality with some black pepper. Like a mythical cross of Cote Rotie and Oregon Pinot Noir. This is complex and lively. It seems like it is near peak but then again it drinks youthfully. Without much experience with this grape
What a beautiful wine. At age 15, this has settled into a nice sweet spot. Sealed with a screw cap. Golden in color, but too dark. The nose is big with dried honey, pears, orange peel and salinity. Full bodied and slightly viscous. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Delicious with great minerality. Oranges and honey over minerals. Still showing youthful with lots of verve. Long finish. This should easily go another fifteen to twenty years. It works great on its own and will work with less sweet or fruit based desserts (especially pears or oranges).
This is really drinking well right now. Purple in color with a thin ruby line at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, slight bacon fat, char and black pepper. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Black raspberry fruit intertwined with roasted meats and black pepper. Very smooth. Delicious. Long finish. This is closing in on peak but should have ten to fifteen more years at or near the top. This worked great with Indian food.