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Wine Streets Spirits Chateauneuf du Pape Tasting

Tuesday, January 27

Kozlak's Restaurant Shorewood, Minnesota

$30 PER PERSON

 

If there will be a better $30 tasting for the general public this year I will again be paying to attend.  This was incredible with tons of wines over the $60 price point.

The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape wines will not be as legendary as the 05 or certainty the 2007 but they are drinking somewhat well right now without any cellaring.

Here are the notes from the event:

NV  Le Petit Vin d'Avril Rogue $16.00

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Spices

Taste:  Bitter and really tannic

Finish:  Tannic and a little water down

Evaluation:  Believe it or not but this wine has Merlot in it and it is from the Rhone.  Also made by Clos des Papes.  Not a wine for my palate 82 points

2005 Domaine la Vielle Julienne Vine Des Pays $19.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Raspberries, strawberries, floral

Taste:  A little bitter with strawberries, floral, some oak

Finish:  Medium and some intensity

Evaluation:  Another strange combo with the addition of merlot and cabernet 85 points

2006 Domaine la Vielle Julienne Cotes du Rhone $24.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Raspberries, spices, floral

Taste:  Nice mix of raspberries, spices, floral

Finish:  Up front powerful and settles into a nice overall medium finish

Evaluation:  A solid Cotes du Rhone 87 points

2006 Domaine la Vielle Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape $72.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Rye bread, mineral, raspberry

Taste:  Red currants, spices, chalk, raspberries

Finish:  Medium and tannic

Evaluation:  Needs some cellar time 89 points

2006 Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Rogue $14.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Spice, strawberries, very clean

Taste:  Mineral, spice, strawberries

Finish:  Very clean wine with a medium finish

Evaluation:  Solid every day wine 88 points

2006 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf Vielles Vignes $109.97

Color: Medium purple

Nose:  Cherry, blackberries, earth

Taste:  Chewy tannins, cherry, mineral, meat, leather

Finish:  Complex and intense, long finish

Evaluation:  This is Wow wine 95+ points

2006 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin $74.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Raspberries, spices, mineral

Taste:  Good acidity with mineral, spices, raspberries, earth

Finish:  Medium and intense.  This wine is dominated by earth tones

Evaluation:  Solid wine but costly. 93 points

2006 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape $54

Color: Light purple

Nose:  Floral, some fruit

Taste:  A little thin and tannic with floral and raspberries

Finish:  Short with a immediate burst of power that goes away quick

Evaluation:  87 points

2006 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape $89.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Strawberries, floral, spices

Taste: Wow! with Asian spices, raspberries, cherries, leather, biscuit and very clean

Finish:  Medium and well integrated.  No flaws in this wine and drinking really well for such a young CDP.

Evaluation: Top 3 CDPs' of all time 96 points

2006 Pierre Usseglio Cuvee Tradition $33.33

Color: Medium purple

Nose:  Strawberries, raspberries, smoke

Taste:  Strawberries, raspberries, smoke,  spices, simply delicious

Finish:  Medium and full of flavors

Evaluation: Best wine of the night when you factor in price 92 points

2006 Pierre Usseglio Cuvee de Mon Aieul $99.97

Color:  Medium purple

Nose: Smoke, floral, black fruits

Taste: Smoke, floral, spices blackberries, little wood

Finish: Super complex and tons of flavors

Evaluation:  This is a great wine 94 points

2006 Cuvee du Vatican Tradition Chateauneuf du Pape $30

Color:  Medium purple

Nose:  Spices, raspberries, floral

Taste:  Menthol quality with spices, floral, cinnamon

Finish:  Big tannins and medium finish

Evaluation:  Nice value CDP 88 points

2006 Domaine de la Mordoree Cuvee Reine des Bois Chateauneuf du Papes $124.97

Color: Dark purple

Nose:  Mushrooms, spices, raspberries, mineral

Taste:  Wow with mushrooms, floral, mineral, sour cherries, cinnamon, spices

Finish:  Intense and a powerhouse

Evaluation:  This is a serious wine 95 points

 

This was  wow tasting and something Wineglas would endorse in a second. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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