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2011 Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Manus Dei
Red Rhone Blend
- Southern Rhône
Community Tasting Notes 8
April 2, 2015 - It's been about a year since we opened a bottle of this. Decanted it this time, and it really hit its stride after about 2 hrs open. Much better than the previous bottle. Black cherries and some liqueur with hints of vanilla, char, violets and a bit of alcohol (the alcohol was more apparent when the bottle was opened). Full bodied with good acidity and more dark sweet cherries on the palate. I really liked the pepper on the finish; this is still fairly tannic. It will be interesting to see what my last bottle looks like.
The winery lists this as 15% ABV, while the bottle lists this as 14% ABV. 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre.
ben3723 wrote: (90 points)
March 8, 2015 - Needs time to open up. Fine to drink now but will be a bit better with time.
Jeff Leve wrote: (87 points)
August 19, 2014 - Supple easy tasting and forward, some dryness is found in the spicy, cherry and wild strawberry finish.
Drankard wrote: (89 points)
June 9, 2014 - Dark purplish crimson in color. Good energy and depth. Good concentration of elegant, pure red fruits. Finishes with good grip and length with a slight bitter note.
April 13, 2014 - Day 1: The nose was a bit closed, but on the palate this was fairly jammy and chewy (not entirely positive). The finish was fairly tannic.
Day 2: This is a completely different wine. The wine isn't so jammy. The complexity has picked up, with nice violets on the nose, some nice acidity and dark fruit with some heft. The tannins have softened as well, but the acid or alcohol leaves a tiny bit of bite on the finish.
Day 4: Didn't finish this on Day 2, so there was one glass left today. Pulled out of the fridge around 6pm and poured a glass around 10pm. Still getting a bit of alcohol on the nose, and the tannins and acid are both holding up; if anything the tannins seem a little more foreceful today and stick around for a long while. The nose is quite similar to last time. This seems like it has a long life ahead of it...
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By Josh Raynolds
January/February 2014, IWC Issue #172 (link)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
Issue #13, 10/1/2012 (link) (91-93) points
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By Richard Jennings
2/8/2013 (link) 92 points
(Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Manus Dei) Very dark ruby color; ripe cherry, ripe berry, ripe raspberry nose; tasty, rich, tart cherry, tart berry, mineral palate with good acidity; ready now but could benefit from 1-2 years of age and should go 10-12; medium-plus finish (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre)
- Vintage 2011
- Type Red
- Producer Château Sixtine
- Varietal Red Rhone Blend
- Designation Manus Dei
- Vineyard n/a
- Country France
- Region Rhône
- SubRegion Southern Rhône
- Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 84 (72%)
- Consumed 33 (28%)