Drink this NOW as it is just starting its downslide at the end of its life. This is a classically styled and proportioned Chateauneuf du Pape, with nice secondary and tertiary aromas and tastes of garrigue, kitchen spice, and a very healthy helping of Grenache wrapped up in a nice little package. Tannins are resolved and the midpalate is just beginning to thin. A nice bottle for the price paid ($25 in 2011? Wow...).
Nice raspberry, savory herb nose with distinct dryness and a touch of oxidation. Dry garrigue palate, the sweet fruited nose not translating to the palate. A little tar and a glimpse of leather/leaves. Adequate acidity, dry finish, looking pretty mature, drink up.
Not decanted. Orange/brown color, this looks old. The color turns a bit darker and a bit more red with air. Mature Chateauneuf nose of dried cherry fruit, pine needles, garrigue, licorice and smoke. The fruit is still in the forefront. It is very sweet and Grenachy. The tannins are resolved. There are wonderful flavors of forest floor and mushrooms mixed in with the dried cherry fruit. There is good complexity here and the wine is not heavy or heady. Alcohol: 13.5% as per the label. From the days when Chateauneuf was more about refinement. Great companion with the quail. At La Table du Comtat in Seguret - a great spot for dinner in the Southern Rhone.
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