Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2007 Domaine Monpertuis (Paul Jeune) Châteauneuf-du-Pape with braised lamb shank, mashed Yukon Golds and a fennel orange salad (not pictured) tonight. If there was ever a dream food and wine pairing, lamb and CdP is it. And it is especially fun when the wine is as good as this Monpertuis. Despite being one of the less expensive CdPs, this just shines. Killer vintage and killer traditional wine making combine for a super pretty red fruited CdP that just brims with cherry and dried spices. Lovely acidity in this, too. And at $28 per bottle, this was a screaming deal and one I should have bought a case of.
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.