March 7, 2020 - Coravin Session #3 - Grenache vs Zinfandel: [From Coravin]
The appearance is clear and medium garnet in colour. Tears are visible.
The nose is clean. The medium(+) intensity aromas show notes of black fruit (stewed black cherry, bramble, cooked blackcurrant, blackberry), bottle-age (subtle worn leather), floral (lavender), and a herbal character (fennel). Swirling reveals additional notes of oak (vanilla, cloves), pungent spice (white pepper, subtle black pepper), and red fruit (raspberry). The wine is developing.
On the palate, the wine is dry with medium(+) acidity, high alcohol, and medium(+) body. The medium level tannins are ripe and suede in nature. The flavours have a medium intensity and show notes of black fruit (sour black cherry, black plum, bramble), pungent spice (black pepper, subtle green peppercorn), mineral (dry dusty earth), and malolactic conversion (creamy texture). The finish has a medium(+) length and features additional notes of floral (violets) and pungent spice (white pepper).
This is a very good quality wine. The flavours have a great balance with the acidity and the alcohol. The tannins provide some structure to the wine, but give way to the acidity. The flavours show good concentration (a wine of higher quality would show more concentration and a longer length). In its current state, the wine shows complexity with primary, secondary, and some tertiary characteristics (a wine of higher quality would show more complexity). The primary fruit core appeared to me as being more on the black fruit spectrum, with a very prominent line of black pepper. The oak appeared to be well-integrated; allowing the fruit to take centre-stage. The finish has a good length and showed additional flavours that lingered on the palate in an enjoyable manner.
The wine drinks well now, but is suitable for ageing. The fruit shows good concentration, and the tannin and acid structure should support the wine as the tertiary notes continue to develop.
December 13, 2019 - Quite robust, strong bouquet, wine has fresh red fruit flavours
November 15, 2019 - Popped and poured, and drank over two hours. Medium to light body. Just did not hit me in the same (positive) way most CNDP do. Will stick with my Beaucastel.
October 14, 2019 - OK, demure and lacking vibrancy. Fruit hanging on.
February 11, 2019 - Opened to strawberries and spice. Easy drinking. Enjoyable.
December 23, 2018 - Easy drinking lighter-bodied CdP. Opened up nicely after an hour or so.
October 24, 2018 - Note of cherry, leather and spices.
Medium length, medium bodied.
October 4, 2018 - tasting Day and visit throughout Rhone Valley, north to south...: 90+ I get it why everybody think that is not a classical Chateauneuf, but yet that wine is so enjoyable and approachable right now, I can't help drinking it... it was so smooth, same blend as the 2014, 80% GR, 10 Sy, 10 others, nose is slightly less opulent than 2014 with a more gamy bit, like the Gonon Syrah sort of, meaty but not off, but the palate is silky, very fluid, loads of licorice on the aftertaste, really nice too... 26/27 E cellar door.. C mon that is great value
September 17, 2018 - Medium bodied, early drinking styled wine, here you find delicate red fruits, freshness and spicy, kirsch notes with elegant textures and a red cherry finish.
March 4, 2018 - At Hendrick’s Tavern with ribeye and porterhouse, lighter style CdP with nicely delineated flavors and resolving tannins. Quite pleasant and approachable if a bit timid with steaks.