I enjoyed a lovely, quiet birthday celebration last week with my husband and sister. Since it was mid-week and everyone had to get up early the following day, we decided to order take out from a great family-style Italian restaurant. As we dug into incredibly rich and decadent cheese tortelloni, I gave a pour to Château La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2005. Château La Nerthe is one of Châteauneuf’s oldest estates and a famed producer of the region. Since its founding in the 12th century, the 225 acre certified organic estate has focused on viticulture that respects nature and the environment. The classic terroir of round stones dominates the vineyards with their average 40 year old vines, resulting in low yields and exceptional fruit. Their reigning motto is “One bottle per vine.”
Cranberry garnet in colour, after decanting for about 2 hours aromas of rose petals, rich vanilla and traces of herbaceous fennel swirled about in the glass. Plush cherry and blackberry flavours were infused with earthy roasted herbs and hints of velvety mocha in the medium body. Silky smooth tannins were harmoniously balanced by the elongated finish of spicy black pepper and licorice elements entwined with wisps of smoky cedar. Well-structured and elegant this a refined and friendly glass fantastic with dishes packed with bold flavours, or all on its own.
Châteauneuf du Pape blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvѐdre, and Cinsault
Châteauneuf du Pape
Enjoy now thru 2020
14,583 cases made
Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate