Monday, September 10, 2012

Domaine La Roquète Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 Rhône Red Wine

Domaine La Roquète Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 Rhône Red Wine was a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre (GSM), $39.09-$50.99, 91 points, is solidly cranberry colored with orange-garnet tones and a broad transparent rim.
The aroma begins soft and gains intensity with air. Swirling hints of earth, licorice, sweet cooking spice, and soft floral perfume, gives a lovely bouquet. 
The medium-plus body is luscious, somewhat acidic with moderate tannin, and carries a plethora of flavors, clove, cinnamon, cedar, vanilla, licorice, plum and black cherry among them.
This  Rhône Red finishes incredibly long on pepper, menthol, and eucalyptus, which I found to be the highlight of this wine.
However, the wine seemed a bit double-minded and unfocused to me, maybe off-balanced is the right term, but I wasn't sure that this wine ever really knew what it wanted to be: a floral-stony Grenache or a silky-fruity Syrah, and some may just like the complexity of the two. Maybe the Mourvedre adds too much mystery to this wine and I'm not acclimated to so much wine in one glass, which made this a stand-alone wine for me, but a note to chocolate loves, this was great with my chocolate dessert!


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