Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2008
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Deep ruby color with a purple rim. A wonderful, expressive nose where ripe black and red fruits (cherry & black currant) combine with spices. Full- bodied with gorgeous, silky tannins, a balanced palate and a particularly long finished where notes of dates add an extra layer of complexity.
"A modern style, with a good juicy, fairly primal core of red and black cherry compote, laced with sweet spice, anise and cocoa notes. The finish lets toasty spice and anise notes play out."
"Vivid red. Sexy red berry preserves and cherry on the nose, along with pungent garrigue character and a touch of spice cake. Tangy, nicely focused cherry and floral pastille flavors show good energy and carry through a sweet, seamless, tenacious finish. This is already drinking well."
International Wine Cellar
"A flashy Châteauneuf, this needs lots of air for the oak to blow off; then all the herb and stone details come out, giving depth to the shiny purple fruit. It's fresh and young, spicy and lively, to enjoy now with a steak or to cellar for five to ten years."
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Learn About Chateau La Nerthe
Chateau La Nerthe was born in the 12th century around the time vines were first planted in the stone-strewn soil of Chateauneuf-du-Pape ("the Pope's new castle"), the place the pontiffs chose for their summer residence when the papal court relocated to Avignon. Chateau La Nerthe has always been graced by the attentive care of its successive owners, and they have all contributed to the reputation for excellence that La Nerthe has acquired and maintained.
Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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