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.
This is a blend of 60% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre, and 18% Grenache from Torrin Vineyard. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, some black olives and smoke. Full bodied. Great, rich texture. Nice balance. On the palate, this is still youthful but starting to open a bit. Black raspberries, plums, black cherries with underlying scorched earth. Long finish. Delicious. This may still improve but it will make great drinking for another ten to twelve years. Great on its own, this will work well with braised meats or roasted vegetables.
This is a blend of 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache, and 21% Mourvedre from Paso Robles. Inky purple, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, roasted meats, black pepper and floral notes. Full bodied. On the palate, this has a great texture. Velvety with precision. Flavors of black raspberries with underlying roasted meats and some black pepper. Very lively. Good acidity. Long finish. A delicious wine that just about mature. It should drink well for another ten to fifteen years. A nice match with a burger or roasted veggies off the grill.
This is a blend of 50% Syrah, 34% Grenache, 16% Mourvedre checking in at 15.7% ABV. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, plums, black pepper, slight roasted herbs and meats and a bit of violets. Full bodied. Great lush texture but with lively acidity. So easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol on the nose or palate. Black raspberries over roasted earth with some herbs. Long finish. This is young but accessible. It should continue to improve over the next three to seven years and drink well for another ten to fifteen after that. It dri