2015 Domaine Saint Préfert "Classique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1313704 94 points Wine Spectator

 Energetic, with a big ball of kirsch wound tightly with licorice, graphite and raspberry coulis notes. Shows lots of bright spice accents through the finish, which is carried by finely beaded acidity. (JM, Web-2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a great effort that should be reasonably available. Produced from vines under 30 years old, it's a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah. There's a tinge of chocolate to the raspberry and licorice flavors but also hints of orange zest, cinnamon and clove. It's full-bodied and lush, with a long finish. There's no need to defer gratification, but it should drink well for at least a decade. (JC)  (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Lively, sharply focused red berry, floral pastille and Asian spice scents, along with suggestions of garrigue and smoky minerals. Sweet, focused and seamless in texture, offering intense raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Clings with real authority on the subtly tannic finish, leaving a suave floral note behind. This is an outstanding example of a "basic" Châteauneuf. (JR)  (3/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to the 2015s, these all showed elegant, lively profiles and will age gracefully. Ferrando's base cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it's a blend of 85% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre, raised all in tank. Kirsch, framboise, dried flowers and spice all emerge from this classic, charming, impeccably balanced beauty. It shows the house style in its perfume and elegance, yet has terrific fruit intensity as well. It's a no-brainer purchase. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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