What a gentle surprise- my homeboy had been hanging onto this for a while. Great aromatics. All that raspberry & garrique just erupting out of the glass. Not as grippy or tannic as expected, which says more about my lack of experience with ‘Papes. Just found it elegant & generous, if not a bit shy. Very accesible. — 2 months ago
Now we’re headed to the Southern Rhône and more specifically one of our favorite “Cru” appellations; the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, which may feature up to 13 sanctioned varieties as part of its blend, though it’s commonly dominated by Grenache and Mourvèdre. These blends can lead to delightfully complex and balanced wines.
This particular wine is medium ruby with notable tearing. On the nose and palate, we’re finding black cherry, blackberry, fig paste, prune; also black licorice, anise, cardamom, graphite, grape seed, leather, tobacco, meat, garrigue, and forest floor notes.
Overall this wine has a dried fruit and earthy, spicy/savory expression. It’s complex, balanced, and intense. The tannins are firm and grippy. The alcohol is high (15%). This wine has the bone structure to continue aging but is a pleasure to drink now.
According to @winespectator 2015 was a great vintage for late-ripening varieties in the Southern Rhône, as it was sunny, warm and dry through July, leading to reds that are “rich, ripe and full of powerful fruit.” 🎯
Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Choregies 2015. — 2 months ago
A balance of fruitiness and earthiness (forest floor) in the aromas, light on the palate with smooth acidity, soft tannins that build in slowly and then linger, and that same balance of fruit and mushroomy, forest floor earthiness. — 2 months ago
Love this little gem. Jammy and light at the same time. — a month ago
Spicy and floral on the nose. Dark purple color. Full bodied and rich with flavors of baking spices, dark chocolate, sour cherries,blueberries and a little bit of tobacco. I didn’t decant but it continued to evolve in the glass. Right balance of tannins and acidity. Definitely alive and probably at its prime (2022). — 2 months ago
Lovely. Soft, velvety tannins. Great fruit acid balance. — 3 months ago
Blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, aged in oak, Ruby with aromas of berry fruits, oak and pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cherry, blackberry and sweet raspberry with notes of oak, vanilla and leather. Smooth tannins, long finish ending with fruit, oak and pepper spice. Very nice. — 3 months ago