Saturday, August 29, 2009

2006 Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes (Chateauneuf du Pape)

Wine Spectator rates this wine 91 points.  In the glass the Clos de L'Oratoire has an intense, opaque, ruby color with a clear rim on the edge.  The aroma of minerals is the first thing to hit the nose, but as the wine opens up, one smells dark red jammy fruit.  In the mouth there is a bright acid and soft tannins, followed by minerals, earth and dark cherries.  The acidity and tannic structure should help this wine last a few years and it should improve as the acid, tannin and fruit become more integrated with time in the bottle.  $26.99 at Costco.

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