2005 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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90-92 points from Robert Parker: "The 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a deep purple color and a somewhat modern style of up-front black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with a bit of licorice, spice box, and flowers. It is deep, round, generously endowed with silky tannin and no shortage of near-term appeal, although I suspect it’s capable of lasting at least a decade. This is another estate that has turned away from making rather run-of-the-mill, overly commercial wines and seems to be intent on turning out far more concentrated, nuanced, and complex examples of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with their luxury cuvee, Les Choregies, a really top-notch wine. Drink 2007 - 2017" 90 Points Wine Spectator: "Dark and juicy, with fig paste, currant, mocha, tar and graphite notes that stay fresh and racy through the finish. The structure is nicely embedded. Drink now through 2015. 7,500 cases made." (10/07)"

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape