Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Andre Brunel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Les Cailloux 2005 The nose sports smoke and a healthy but appropriate dose of brett for this wine, accentuating a meatiness. The earthiness repeats in the mouth with an explosion of red fruits. The structure provides the frame around these flavors and a chance to improve over the next decade. I just fear that the brett will be too much for some. This is their estate CDP. 65% old vine Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 3% Cinsault, aged for 18 months in a combo of new and used oak. 14% $45.99 at Bottle Barn

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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