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Charvin always makes a more elegant styled Chateauneuf with a larger amount of Grenache. At age 15, this is drinking quite well. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, spices, slight dried floral notes and a bit of clean earthiness. Medium bodied. Bright acidity. On the palate, cherries and black cherries with underlying spice, slight char and minerality. Depth and layers of complexity. Delicious. Great on its own, this will excel with the right food such as beef or bean stew. Fully mature, drink over the next ten years.
This is in a great place right now (as seem to be many of the top 2005 CdP's). Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, slight black raspberries, char, black pepper, nutmeg and black pepper. With air some dried flowers and roasted meats. Full bodied. Complex and layered. This is a big, "masculine" styled type of CdP. On the palate, black cherries, with layers of forest floor, spice and earth. Lively acidity. Good balance. Long finish. This bottle is at peak but should have another five to seven years at this level. Great on its own, it will be even
This is a blend of 85% Grenache and then 5% each of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Vaccarese. At age 16 it is just about at peak and drinking beautifully. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries, raspberries, licorice, slight roasted herbs and spice. Medium to full bodied. This is the elegant side of Chateauneuf. On the palate, its about red fruits with some underlying spice, char and herbs. Complex and layered, it unwinds in the glass. Lots of energy and precision. Nice finish. Drinks great on its own but will work well with food. It will work well with Chinese or simila
From Magnum. This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12.5% Syrah, 11.5% Mourvedre, and 1% Roussanne. 2011 was a difficult vintage, but a bit less so in southern California where these grapes were grown. Manfred Krankl (the owner and winemaker) did a great job here. Garnet in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, spice, black olives, white pepper and dried flowers (violets?). Medium tannins. This is a big wine on the palate. Black cherries, licorice, with some char. Long finish. This is delicious. It needs another five to eight years to get to peak and s
This is a blend of 73% Syrah, and 27% Grenache from Paso Robles in California's central coast. While this was a difficult vintage, Torrin seems to have no issues obtaining ripeness. The label lists 16.1% abv. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, iodine, tar, with a rich earthiness. Full bodied. Great texture. The acid seems a bit on the lower side. On the palate, pure black raspberries fruit with underlying char and earth. Long finish. This is very tasty and probably easier to drink on its own than to match with food. If trying
A classically styled CdP, the word "rustic" no doubt comes to mind. It is a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, and 5% (Cinsault, Clairette, and others). Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, funk and garrigue. Full bodied. On the palate slightly silky texture. Medium tannins. Cherries and black cherries with some earthiness. Black licorice on the finish. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years. Great on its own, this will work nicely with braised beef.
This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 9% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Picpoul, Vaccarèse, and Counoise. It was very tight and most likely shut down at this point. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose shows some cherries and black raspberries with dust and slight garrigue. It does have a wonderful texture which is often an indication in wines that are shut down of future greatness. On the palate, it comes off a sweet cherry pie filling at the moment. This should be cellared for another five to seven years and then drink over the next eigh
Nice to revisit this wine at age 18. 2003 was a very hot vintage that was problematic for many winemakers. This one is holding up just fine. It is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Cinsault and Mourvedre. This is fully mature but only showing a bit of age. Light purple in color but still opaque and mostly bright. The nose has cherries, black cherries, garrigue and dried tobacco. Full bodied. On the palate, nice cherry and black cherry fruit with underlying tobacco and some char. Good complexity. Long finish. This will work better with hearty food; beef stew would work well. D
2018 Domaine de la Solitude (Lançon Père et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vin de la Solitude, France, Rhone, Wine Review
This is an excellent producer, but this was a real treat. Besides their regular bottlings, they make 5 prestige cuvees and this is the top one.