Colombo is better known for his Cornas, but this '06 CdP stands out for its ample weight and creamy texture, along with dark flavors reminiscent of prune and black olive.
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Châteauneuf du Pape "Les Bartavelles"
Appellation Châteauneuf du Pape Contrôlée
Grape Varieties45% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre
AppellationChateauneuf du Pape AOC
DescriptionHailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhone, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhone Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhone Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France.
VinificationThe wine undergoes 4 days of pre-fermentation maceration followed by 7 days of fermentation in steel vats at a controlled temperature of 82.4ºF. Three weeks of maceration at 86ºF. The juice spends 18 months in one, two and three-year-old oak barrels.
NoseLovely scents of ripe red fruit, licorice and sweet spice.
PalateA powerful and full-bodied wine with rich notes of blueberry, wild herbs and lots of spice.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.63RS: 1 g/L
Serving SuggestionsPairs exceptionally well with game, hearty stews, steaks and Italian dishes.