2008 Skalli Chateauneuf-Du-Pape La Tiare du Pape

France
14.5% alc.
$16 at Renton, WA (purchased 4/26/13)

20130501_122132_1_resized (2)The back labels says 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. Very clear and ruby red in color. The nose has a mix of mostly red fruits with cherry somewhat dominating over some raspberry. A touch of anise, spice, herbs, and a little heat. Almost sweet cherry on the palate later changing to a tarter raspberry as it opens up. Earthy undertones, herbs, licorice on a very textured wine with soft mid palate tannins. Nice acids with lingering fruit and a touch of oak. A little heat, however not distracting. This wine leans strongly to the bright and elegant side yet is still grippy and full in the mouth. I rather enjoyed it, but I am a sucker for Rhone and Rhone styled wines.

Thumbs up for me and I would say that this wine is worth the money, but isn’t one of those awesome deals. Maybe if there is some around for the sale I will snatch a couple.

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