Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2004 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine. Every now and then, I have a wine that I expect very little from and it then blows me away. This is one of those wines. Picked it up from the cellar on Saturday thinking it might be past its prime…opened it tonight and it’s amazing. Essence of cherry and lavender with perfect balance and impressive, grippy tannins. The majority of the grapes for this cuvee apparently came from the La Crau vineyard right next to Henri Bonneau’s parcel. And the quality of the raw materials shows big time. No hurry to drink this and served along grilled T-bone steaks.
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.