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.
I love Rhone whites but they are a crap shoot. Luckily, this was drinking quite well. It was brought over by a friend who was invited to our home for dinner. He will be invited back. Light golden in color. The nose is nice with minerals, wax but plenty of fruit; peach and guava and finally some honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, this has a slightly oily texture. The peach and vanilla predominate but it gets waxy on the finish. Also a lovely underlying minerality. Good acidity. Someone mentioned white Burgundy, but I didn't get that. Pretty classic ehite Rhone and wide open a
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul, France, Rhone, Wine Review
One of the great Chateauneufs Du Pape and from a great vintage. This is 100 percent Grenache. Ruby/purple in color, clear and bright. The nose is very nice with cherries, spices and "garrique". On the palate, black cherries. The depth seems a bit lacking for the pedigree but perhaps is is a bit shut down at this point. It is a delicious wine and enjoyable. It's more of under-performing high expectations. Tasted twice over the last six months with consistent notes. It is food friendly but will take heartier stews and meat dishes.
An outstanding CdP. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and the rest Counoise, Vaccarèse and Muscardin. This is ripe, juicy and delicious if not the "classic" CdP in style. Purple in color, ruby swirls. On the nose this has boysenberries, sandalwood, char and slight floral notes. On the palate, this is juicy with big boysenberry fruit. There is a nice under layer of spice. Long finish. One of those wines that each sip tastes so good you want to have another. It will be interesting to see this age and lose the baby fat. Probably should last another fifteen years anyway. Will wo
Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries, slight cough syrup, some anise and spice. Nice. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy but velvety texture. Cherries and cherry cough syrup with some underlying spices. Nice finish. Very food friendly. This still is a bit young and another few years of cellaring will be beneficial. If not,, give it some air now.