…acres of poor, stony soil in Walla Walla that reminded him of the famous galets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, he abandoned plans to grow Pinot Noir in Oregon and instead bought the land and planted a Syrah vineyard. "I almost fell on my derrière when I saw that field of stones! They changed the path of my life."
"People said I was crazy, that I'd break my equipment and waste my time and money," he recalls. "But I knew that vines need to struggle in difficult …
I also knew that Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, had selected the standard cuvee 2007 Domaine Monpertuis as the top wine out of ten 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines his panel tasted in 2009. Peter didn't know this when he brought the wine for dinner, either.
So it was pure coincidence that …
…googling revealed that it is often used to make vermouth and can also be found as a blending varietal in. For more information on as a varietal, please visit
Honey & Vanilla
A slight touch of haybarn, maybe earth
Restrained nose - aromas are noticeable but not explosive
A bit cheesy
A touch …
We have always wanted to plant, experiment, and work with all thirteen varieties authorized in the Châteauneuf-du Pape appellation of origin, but at the time we began, the other varieties weren't available in the French nursery service for us to import, and we felt that taking field cuttings (which would likely be virused) would add a long, unpredictable delay to our launch. But once we saw how successful the trace varieties in the first wave had been, we decided to move forward. In 2004, …
Some interesting "conclusions" can be drawn from the above table:
all great single varietal wines come from hazier sky areas, with TL > 4.2
all the great blended wines come from clear sky areas, with TL < 4.2
for very clear sky areas (TL < 3.65) …
Amber gold...looks very dicey...and on first whiff the usual slightly oxidated aroma. To be honest...it never really became 'attractive'...more like a diva telling us she was once beautiful. If I had to choose a fruit smell...more like banana...so to the taste. Again...as with the nose...we caught this one a touch too late. Not undrinkable...but the oily texture dominates...and very little 'attractive' fruit. Bottles do seem to …
…evening, a special welcome reception to jump start the event. A lucky few will be participating in a Châteauneuf du Pape seminar and pairing dinner, who will have the privilege to taste Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines dating as far back as 1954. Author of The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Book, Harry Karis along with Vigneron Philippe Cambie will lead the audience through an in-depth look at this historic region of France before delighting in dinner at Paso Robles' premier French restaurant, …
I don't want to over-state my irritation here: I like Domaine Olivier Hillaire's Cotes du Rhone. But I do feel a need to push back a bit on this: "From vines located just across the Rhone River from Chateauneuf-du-Pape." Uh huh ...
Six wines selected from Berry Bros. & Rudd's own family reserves come together in a box that captures the diverse majesty of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Southern Rhône. From Chablis to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it is a gift that can be worked through with joy and appreciation as Christmas lunch takes shape, adding character, body and pure pleasure to any family occasion.
Contains one or two bottles (75cl) each of the following:
- 2011 Berrys' Chablis, Domaine du Colombier, Burgundy
…The Le Cigare Blanc is the producer's homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. See my tasting notes accompanied by a picture I snapped of the bottle as well as a classic ( space ) rock music pairing recommendation below. Cheers!
Bonny Doon Vineyard 2011 Le Cigare Blanc