International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($80) Deep ruby. Wildly aromatic, complex bouquet of fresh raspberry, cherry, garrigue and smoked meat. Deep and sweet, offering fleshy red and dark berry liqueur flavors along with candied licorice, beef blood and succulent herbs. This is extremely complex and finishes with outstanding clinging persistence. Put this one away to sleep. (Louis/Dressner Selections, New York, NY; J et R Selections, Mt. Pleasant, MI)Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Dense and chewy, but with ripe, well-rounded tannins carry the black currant, fig paste, coffee and black licorice notes. The finish shows nicely buried acidity and a long mineral streak.Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix has a deep ruby/plum/purple color, some ground pepper, roasted herb, and black raspberry and cherry notes, but also a surprising amount of new oak. The wine has an angular finish and seems slightly dry and disjointed at present, with very high tannins and zesty acidity. It certainly should come around, but patience will be required. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 12-15.Author: Robert Parker
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 20 bottles owned
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