2009 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) "Cuvée Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $20)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A pretty wine as well as an excellent value, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up scents of kirsch liqueur, roasted herbs, pepper, loamy soil and a resiny character in this dark ruby/plum-colored, soft, round 2009. It is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years.
The 2009 Cuvée Tradition from negociant Alain Corcia is a great jumping off point from which to explore the 2009 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Medium bodied, with notes of dark cherries, lentil, spicebox and coffee, this 2009 Grenache-based red displays more savory characteristics than some of the other cuvées in the 2009 Corica lineup. Fine tannins and good acidity make it a great candidate to enjoy now and and over the next several years with mediterranean inspired dishes like fennel roasted pork or a grilled steak with fresh herbs. with herbs. 13.5% abv.