2016 Isabel Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1341787 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted from a used demi-muid, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is another stunning wine. Awesome waves of blueberries and cherries surge across the palate. And while the wine is hugely concentrated and rich, it's also nearly weightless in feel. It's all Grenache, drawn from three relatively cool and sandy portions of the appellation.(JC)  (10/2017)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I loved the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis, and this exuberant, perfumed Grenache offers lots of kirsch and blueberry fruit, tons of spice and licorice aromatics, full-bodied richness, and polished tannin on the finish. It's a ripe, sweetly fruited, sexy - yet always elegant - Grenache to enjoy on release and over the following decade.  (10/2017)

94 points Decanter

 Transparent ruby in colour, with a lovely lifted scent of raspberry, wild strawberry, and some garrigue herbs in the background. Medium-bodied with good length, great purity and freshness. Yes, it's Châteauneuf, but an idiosyncratic style - light, pure and fresh with a very pretty and vivid fruit expression. Very drinkable. Certified organic. Drinking Window 2018 - 2024.(MW)  (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby-red. Expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and candied flowers are energized by a smoky mineral topnote. Appealingly sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense red fruit preserve and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with aeration. Candied licorice and allspice notes appear on a very long, smooth finish that features rounded tannins and an exotic touch of five-spice powder. (JR)  (7/2018)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape