Chateau Fortia Cuvee Baron Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Blend: 44% Grenache, 44% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre
The Wine Advocate - "A big step up, and a blend of 44% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron is loaded with gorgeous black raspberry, cherry, underbrush, licorice and tinges of flowers. Showing fantastic purity, medium to full-bodied richness and sweet tannin, this impressive looking barrel sample should be reasonably approachable on release and drink nicely for 10-12 years. Drink 2015-2022."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Blackcurrant, incense and dark chocolate aromas, with a meaty topnote. Juicy, firm flavors of dark berries and bitter cherry are complicated by nuances of smoke and succulent herbs. Youthfully taut and gripping on the finish, trailing notes of licorice and bitter chocolate. Pretty serious, even brooding in character right now.
Range: 89-91 points "
Chateau Fortia Winery
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. View all Chateau Fortia Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-PapeView a map of Chateauneuf-du-Pape wineries (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.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewRon Blachman - Berkeley, CA511/21/2014This is a sleeper and will someday rate very highly. The Syrah-to-Grenache is 1:1, much higher than in most Chateauneuf. This makes for a firmer wine with more tannins. Ch. Fortia also picked early enough to get a bit higher acid than many CDP's, thus completing the sturdy backbone. This one wants until 2018 or so to become drinkable and will really hit stride in the middle 2020's. Medium-dark color, medium body and leggy. The wine gets its nose on within minutes of pouring and it only grows from there: notes of cocoa, coffee, something floral, dark berries, a touch of oak. The flavors are huge; there is good fruit but (for now) it is a bit recalcitrant; ample acidity creates a lovely balance and will (over time) assist the considerable tannins in bringing a possible masterpiece to fruition. This is an old fashioned Chateauneuf du Pape - not so forward as currently in vogue. Be patient, be very patient and you will be rewarded. A bargain at $39 and bottled and corked to last a long time.Related ProductsBlend: 85% Grenache, plus Mourvedre and Syrah ...Lavishly ripe, extracted Chateauneuf du Pape that is complex and yet balanced with acidity often in contradiction to an appellation ...Dark intense violet coloring denoting a rich and generous body. The wine offers a complex bouquet of roasted coffee, licorice, ...
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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