2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Grenache, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône

I am concerned about this wine. When first opened, the alcohol seemed overpowering both on the nose and on the palate. Acidity was similarly shrill, and so was the tannin structure. Fortunately, the wine mellowed out slightly after 2-3 days in the cellar, but the fruit still seems overly plush and clumsy. Deep, dark color verging on purple, and completely opaque. I have 5 more and they were inexpensive at $19 per bottle, but this bottle was wild, and I’m very unsure where this is headed with some cellar time. Caveat emptor.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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