This is still quite young and patience will be rewarded. That said, if you have a few or like them young, then this is great now too. This bottle was decanted for four hours prior to drinking. Inky purple in color. The nose is black raspberries, charred wood, pepper, spice but also a lovely little lavender. On the palate, this is big. Brooding but still shows black raspberries, blueberries, black pepper and slight charred earth. Medium tannins. A nice streak of acidity. Long finish. This wine begs for food. Cassoulet, steak or roasted vegetables would be great. Probably another
2016 is a stellar year in Chateauneuf du Pape and the southern Rhone Valley. While this wine has years left in it, it was wonderful to drink now. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great. Clean with black cherries, dust, spice and slight lavender notes. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy black cherry fruit. An underlying minerality. Lots of depth. Good finish. It is a big wine at the moment, but will no doubt mellow and gain in complexity as it loses some of that youthful fruit. This easily has a decade and more left to it, but it really is worth drinki
This is in a great place right now. It won't get better although it will continue to mature. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is gorgeous with Black cherries, garrique, violets and tapenade. On the palate, the texture is incredible. Soft yet structured. The wine just glides down the palate. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries layered with a bit of earth. Great balance. Long finish. This will go great with meat dishes and anything roasted. No hurry, it should be at this level for a decade and even then some.
A very pretty white wine from the Rhone. This is a big, round wine that is unique and outstanding. Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette and Roussanne. Golden in color. The nose is gorgeous with peaches, minerals, slight lime, toast and a slight waxy/floral quality (not unlike my late Aunt's apartment). On the palate, this is round with a slightly oily texture. very nice acidity. Long finish. In a very good way, this is somewhat like a white Burgundy with a peach candle melted in. Delicious. It would go great with food especially vegetarian grain dishes (couscous, quinoa, etc.).
This was a pleasant surprise. Served from Magnum and along side some bigger California wines, this provided a nice contrast and was quite tasty. 2014 was not a particularly good vintage in the southern Rhone, but of course, good producers usually find a way to make good wines. Ruby in color. The nose is nice with cherries, garrique/spice, and slight floral notes. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Nice cherry fruit with some dark cherry and a bit of earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This worked quite well with some home made pizzas and in general is food friendly. It is dr
One of the longer living CdP's. However, 2004 is an ok, not great vintage at this time. The result? At age 15 this is at peak. It should be here for at least five and likely ten more years. Medium ruby in color. The nose has cherries, slight floral notes, garrique and slight earthy funk. On the palate, this has nice depth. Layers of cherry liqueur unwind in the glass over a funky earthiness. Light dry tannins especially on the finish. This works well with stews and roast. Everything you want in a traditional CdP.
2007 Domaine de la Solitude (Lançon Père et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Cornelia Constanza, France, Rhone, Wine Review
This is drinking well. Probably at or close to peak at this point. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, slight floral notes and garrique. On the palate, there is some oak showing though this is brought up more in tank than barrel. Perhaps just from concentrated old vine/stems? Cherries, black raspberries and slight funk. Starting to show some layering though that will doubtless expand over the next decade. I don't think it get's better but will continue to morph, so it depends on how you like them. Nice finish. This is very food friendly and would
2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul, France, Rhone, Wine Review
Wow. A spectacular wine. This is of course very young but it is so delicious and enjoyable. It won't hit peak for a decade at least. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is peppery with black cherries, spice, soy, garrique and floral notes. On the palate, this is viscous with a wonderful texture. Lots of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. A bit of liqueur. Long finish. This is made from 100% Grenache. Right now it's a difficult food match but give it time in the cellar and it should be great with meats and fowl. It you have a few though, you would be missing somethi
This producer used to be known as Font de Michelle but has re-branded using this name. It is a very traditional CdP with about 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre according to the back label. Purple in color. The nose has black cherry and spice and a bit of a liqueur note. Very nice chewy mouth feel. Black cherries, a bit floral and cherries along with some alcohol on the palate. Long finish. This should pair well with stews, charcuterie and roasts. Both 2015 and 2016 are great vintages in CdP. This one easily has a decade or more left to enjoy.
Ruby in color, some browning at the rim. The nose is slightly dusty with black cherries and spice. On the palate, this has some cherries and dried cherries with a bit of earthiness. Good acidity. Reasonably complex. This is still alive and drinking well if perhaps a bit past prime. It is surprisingly clean given the age and how Chateauneufs were produced back then. It went well with a tomato cream soup and indeed, would work with a wide variety of foods.