Bright crimson in color, this wine reveals morello cherry, black pepper, olive tapenade and tobacco on the nose. The mouth feel brought intense, somewhat sweet tannins and elements of blood, iron and lavender. The finish was long, complex and intense with ever deepening sweet tannins and acidity that kept coming out longer and fuller.
Recently purchased at retail for $82US, this wine is drinking so well right now It paired perfectly with my entrees shared with an Oregon wine maker who was in town for a tasting.
Imported by Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, VA.
Rich fruit, soy sauce, a bit of acid on the finish...definitely one of my favorite CdP houses. I prefer the strong mineral presence in the '07 vintage, but this is still quite delicious. As it opens up, the savory notes become more prominent and the acids less so; I'm hard pressed to say which profile I like more. This is one of those wines that, when I drink it, I think: I must go here, to this part of the world, and see what it is really like.
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After trying this wine for the 3rd time in bottle, I'm convinced it is as good as some of the storied vintages from Pegau over the last few decades - it has a suave quality that sets it apart from rougher vintages like 2005 or 2001 (both exceptional vintages, just different). The 2006 is a cerebral and very serious example that is not only compelling but a direct testament to the traditional winemaking of the region. As far as CdP is concerned, it doesn't get much better for the style (I believe the Reservee contains the Cuvee da Capo component in 2006 - there is no separate bottling, although Feraud could always change his mind):
I know everyone is chasing the 2007, but that would be like ignoring the 1995 Leoville Las Cases because you want the 1996 - both have their moments ad the 2006 is far less expensive.
ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from Avignon.
2006 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (rouge)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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