2001 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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

I continue to be disappointed by this wine. It had so much promise in its youth, but time has not been kind to it. It still seems over-extracted and shrill to me. It lacks typicity for me. It, a little like the Usseglio from a few nights before, seems “modern” in style and devoid of the smells and flavors of CdP. No kirsch, no garrigue, no earth, no brett…just tons of blackberry and licorice (the black kind) which seems too one-dimensional. It is definitely still a good wine, but it isn’t a great wine or great CdP/example of its appellation. 

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