From the ripe vintage of 2007, this bottling got just average scored from Robert Parker/ The Wine Advocate. It is easy to see why, but that is not a reflection on quality as much as style. This bottling was quite enjoyable but certainly an outlier from the traditional Châteauneufs. A blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has lovely cherries with some strawberries with a hint of dried flowers and spices. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is elegant and lighter. Charming might be a good descriptor. Cherries, with slight cranbe
This is an inexpensive Rose by the makers of Whispering Angel Rose. It is nice but definitely a step or two down from its big sister. 12.5% ABV. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault. Very pale pink/orange in color, clear and bright. The nose has some watermelon and a hint of strawberries. Light bodied. On the palate, the strawberries are more the driving force. There isn't much acidity here, so it drinks better on its own or with light foods. Drink over the next year.
This is yet another example of why to buy top producers in less than top vintages. At age 17, this was drinking amazingly well. Purple in color with ruby swirls and ruby at the rim, mostly clear and bright. What a nose. Black cherries, leather, slight earthiness/barnyard and even a hint of floral. Full bodied. Lush texture. On the palate, this is delicious and complex. Layers of black cherries, earth and spice. Great balance. Long finish. The would appear to be at peak, so I would drink sooner than later but it should drink well for another ten to twelve years as it moves past pe
The basic Châteauneuf from this producer from a very HOT vintage. Truthfully, I was surprised to find this in the cellar and wasn't sure it would have held up. Wrong. It drank great. Perhaps not the complexity of other vintages, but lots of delicious fruit made for a very nice drink. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose offers up plums, black cherries, some spice, and a bit of black olive. Medium bodied. Tannins all resolved. Full bodied, smooth texture. On the palate, plums, cherries and black cherries with slight char. Nice finish. This needs to be consumed sooner than
Tasted side by side with the regular bottling, I slightly preferred this one. It is also a blend of 44% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is similar with black raspberries, plums, gravel and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this drinks a bit younger and also more expressive. Lots of black raspberries, plums, some black cherries, black pepper and char. More vibrancy. Long finish. Overall, the distinctions are small, but this did seem a bit younger with more going on. Now, was that due to the extended ageing or
Tasted this side by side with the extended ageing slightly preferring the extended ageing. This is a blend of 44% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise. Purple in color with ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, slight plums, gravel and spice. Full bodied.
This is a blend of mostly Rhone grapes (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvede, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah) with 31% from Sonoma and 69% from the Sierra Foothills.
This is quite young but still delicious. It is a blend of 64% Grenache, 16% Mataro, 14% Syrah, 6% Carignan. Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, black raspberries, slight blueberries, some black licorice, floral notes and spice. Full bodied. Vibrant with lots of energy. On the palate, loads of black raspberries and black cherries with medium tannins. It takes some time to open in the glass but then shows a nice minerality. Delicious. Long finish. This needs another seven to ten years to hits its peak but is delicious today
This is their top of the line wine. It is a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, and 10% Syrah.
Great showing for this top Châteauneuf-du Pape! Served side by side with Hommage a Perrin, it held its own. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is clean with plums, black cherries, slight balsamic, some spice and slight meatiness. Medium to full bodied. Great texture. On the palate, this is fresh and vibrant but pretty much at peak although with years left. This release as some variability, but well stored bottles should easily go another decade or more. It drinks great on its own, this worked very well with Indian food.