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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.
Deep garnet and purple in color, with a purple rim. Rich in complex aromas, with notes of plum and cassis. Full-bodied, this will age well for years to come.
Pair with roasts, grilled meats, red meats, game and cheeses.
"A superb 2010, showing ample heft to its core of crushed fig, plum and blackberry fruit, beautifully laced with espresso, bay leaf and warm stone notes, and then all carried by the racy precision of the vintage, with ample but sleek structure and a long, seamless finish. Best from 2014 through 2027."
"Made from 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre (an unusual blend for Chateauneuf du Pape, but typical for Fortia), the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron reveals serious black raspberry and black currant fruit, sweet tannin, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a layered, multidimensional character and a long finish.Barrel Sample: 88-91 Points"
The Wine Advocate
The Domain Chateau Fortia, is one of the oldest of Chateauneuf du Pape. The estate is situated in the "grenade" neighborhood where the lands are cultivated with vines since the 17th century. It is in the 19th century that Paul Antoine de Fortia, son of Hercule Paul de Fortia developed the vineyard and constructed new buildings; a notorized act of 1815 mention a castle named " la Fortiasse". You can't help but feel the sense of the history of Chateauneuf du Pape, when you see the beautiful buildings at Fortia.
(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...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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