Number 20 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre and others from 45 year-old vines. A deep dark red in the glass with aromas of spices and mature red fruits. In the mouth, round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. A very rich wine full of harmony and balance.
Serve with: Red meat, game bird and cheese.
"...the 2003 Chateauneuf-du-Pape fully deserves a place alongside its more renowned siblings, with elegant refinement and subtle, soil-driven intensity. Its dark, pungent flavors of black cherry and spiced plum are richly prominent..."
-Wine & Spirits
"...a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of new saddle leather, garrigue, pepper, kirsch, and blackberries. Dense, full-bodied, and tasty..."
"Very rich and deep, with powerful, jammy raspberry and cherry flavors, dusty tannins and a long, chocolatey finish...
-International Wine Cellar
Yes, buy this wine. It's very easy and lovely drinking. My friend bought it to share with friends...and my....what a treat.
I bought a 1/2 bottle of this and it was quite nice. Besides the spice notes (very subtle), the aroma of saddle leather was defintely the most pronounced. The palate was quite beautiful and full of dark berries! This sand dry wine hung one the tongue for a nice amount of time. Overall pleasant surprise! This was rated 87 by Wine Spectator but it is better then that rating would suggest.
Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting gem of a wine that left me very satisfied for the $40 spent, but the prominent "saddle leather" smell is more of an antiseptic leather and reminded me of band aids. However, if you're lucky enough to grab a bottle be ready for a roller coaster of sensations. Very rustic and smokey. Highly recommended.