Wine Flight at dp American Brasserie

My husband and I went to one of our favourite local restaurants dp American Brasserie, whilst perusing through their 600 bottle wine list I decided upon a “make my own” wine flight because I was so indecisive. I happily chose a white, rosé and a red, taking advantage of their Châteauneuf-du-Pape as it is one I am cellaring, providing me with the opportunity to have a sneak peak at it.

Ostatu Rioja Blanco 2012


Bodegas Ostatu is a family winery located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region. The family practices Lutte Raisonnée farming [chemical treatments are used when only absolutely necessary or not at all, biodiversity in the vineyards is encouraged]. The grapes were sourced from 60-70 year old vines and fermented in stainless steel “to accentuate the characteristics and quality of the grapes”.

Pale straw in colour, aromas of sweet honey and wet slate minerals rose from the glass. Bright lemon and green apple flavours comprised the light body, whilst minerals and zesty citrus elements shaped the crisp finish. Refreshing and light, this is a delightful glass for warm, sunny days.
90% Viura, 10% Malvasia
Rioja Alavesa
Produced and Bottled by Bodegas Ostatu
13% Alcohol
$14 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2014

Mouton Noir ‘Love Drunk’ Rosé 2011


Founded in 2004, Mouton Noir Wines are a “garage-type” winery headed by top sommelier turned award winning winemaker Andre Mack. The grapes for this Rosé were sourced from vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills viticulture area [AVA] located in the center of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.


Pale coral in colour, aromas of peaches, minerals and honeysuckle rose from the glass. Mouth-puckering flavours of citrus joined hints of sweet honey in the light body, whilst zippy lemon and orange notes and clean minerals comprised the tangy finish. With its unique sour notes and clean minerals, this is a refreshing glass fantastic with appetizers and light dishes.

85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir
Bottled by Mouton Noir Wines, Dundee
13.3% Alcohol
$15 [average price]
Enjoy now
Only 52 barrels produced

Le Prince du Logis Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010



Le Prince du Logis Châteauneuf-du-Pape is produced by a “top quality” negociant renowned for having an outstanding ability to source high quality fruit and wines from all regions of France. The grapes were sourced from 30-50 year old vines, fermented with natural yeasts, and aged 25% in new oak barrels and 75% in cement tanks.

Brick garnet in colour, aromas of black olives, raisins and chocolate ganache radiated from the glass. Lush black cherry and black currant flavours were underscored by earthy nut and mushroom notes in the full body. Spicy crushed black peppercorn joined traces of sweet, creamy chocolate in the lengthy finish. Well-structured, complex and yet somewhat understated, this is a velvety, friendly glass that will surprise you with how swiftly it empties.

43% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre, 21% Grenache, 10% Counoise
Produced and Bottled by Pierre de Laville
14% Alcohol
$26 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020

Château La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2005


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
Estate Bottled
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2020

14,583 cases made

Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate