Dinner with the Pope...

Well, not exactly... But thanks to Pope Clement of yore, I can now happily enjoy an delicious wine called Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An everchanging mingling of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and other qualified grapes, it can be one of the most refined, yet approachable wines on the planet. Being ever immersed in the Craft beer culture, it isn't often I get to attend to my first love, but when I heard of this tasting at Alternative Wines in Carmel Valley, my wine siren called to me like the seductive maidens in the Odyssey...

The lineup:

Pere Caboche CDP Blanc, 2009: Leaner than I expected, (which I loved) but rounded out as it warmed. Nice minerality, with predominant tree fruit notes, particularly pear skin and flesh aromas and flavors. Lovely and drinkable, this would be a perfect beginning to any tasting or warm evening.

Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Villages "Terre d'Argile", 2009: Decanted twice, this was definitely a bigger, denser CDR, as if often the case with Villages, as opposed to the lighter, standard CDR. White pepper, spice, and black cherry dominate, with a bit of cough syrup intensity thrown in. This one will unfold over the next few years.

Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2008: Mmmm. Telltale CDP nose of white pepper, herbs, and cherry. This blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre is appealing and accessible, and makes for a perfect intro wine for those testing the waters.

Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Les Sinard", 2007: Gorgeous and refined, with a defined sense of terroir. This baby is all about Grenache aromas and flavors! 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre.

Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2009: Whoa. 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah, this is a huge, MASSIVE CDP. It pours out purple. Closed off, yet exhibiting big dark cherry, kirsch, syrup, white pepper, and scrub herbs. This one needs some time.

CHEERS!

Posted on February 10, 2012 and filed under France, Rhône, Wine.