Southern France

Farpointe Cellar

Tasted May 7, 2011 by mmurry with 413 views

Flight 1 (5 notes)

Red
2007 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
Black licorice and earth on the nose, plus some raspberry and floral notes. More fruit on the palate than the nose. Blueberry, raspberry, and cherry, with wet leaves and spice at the end.
Red
2007 Domaine la Soumade Rasteau Cuvée Prestige France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Rasteau
89 points
Smoke and tar on the nose, with blackberry liqueur underneath, and hints of violets toward the end. Much fruitier on the palate, but with the same burnt wood flavors.
Red
2007 Famille Brunier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine La Roquète France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
89 points
Earth and perfume on the nose, with small amounts of dark fruit. The palate has more fruit upfront, with the perfume and earth underneath.
Red
2008 Clos La Coutale Cahors France, Southwest France, Cahors
88 points
Lots of bitter chocolate and dark black fruit on the nose. There's also hints of braised cabbage and tomatos. The backend has some spice and vanilla. The palate starts off with pepper and black fruit, and slowly adds in green vegetables and dark chocolate, and finishes with spice notes.
Red
2009 Vignerons de Caractère Vacqueyras Seigneur de Fontimple France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Vacqueyras
87 points
Extremely fruity nose - mainly red fruits, with hints of damp earth and pepper. The palate is fruity like the nose, giving it quite a bit of sweetness. There's some slight earthiness in the middle and some spice on the finish.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
2005 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
The nose had roasted coffee beans and cigar leaves, some veal stock and cherry, and some spice. Rich and juicy on the palate, with lots of red fruit and earth. The mocha comes on strong on the mid-palate and the tabacco on the finish.
Red
2007 Maison Nicolas Perrin Ermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
91 points
Sweet red berries on the nose, with truffles and pepper underneath. Rich and meaty is the best way to describe the nose. Much meatier on the palate, with the fruit taking a backseat to the earth/meat flavors. The finish is spicy with some wood ascents.
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