Wine Bar Wednesday

It’s hump day and the Style Bar is ‘serving’ wine today!  Each Wednesday, I will highlight a bottle of wine (I have either had or will be having that week) and provide basic details of the wine as well as compare my tasting notes to those of others (the pros).  Depending on the week, I may share experiences from a recent wine class or tasting.  Although I enjoy drinking and pairing food with wine, I still consider myself a ‘beginner’ wine enthusiast and would appreciate any comments and suggestions on this part of the blog!

Back to business…so today’s featured wine is 2009 Clos de L’Oratoire Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  Yep, it’s a mouthful.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a French wine AOC located in the Rhone wine region of southern France.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape has 13 grape varieties and is a classic red wine–one of the most popular in the Rhone valley.  Perfect served with red meats, game, and coq au vin!


Red Rhone Blend from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

This is a great bottle of wine.  Deep ruby in color with aromas of spices and dark berries. The wine starts ripe with black fruits and currant flavors, a hint of cinnamon, and has a smooth and fresh finish.  Very well-balanced and from what I’ve read about it, will taste even better in the next 5-10 years.  The wine consists of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault.  Tonight, I will be pairing this wine with grilled pork chops in a garlic mushroom sauce, rosemary baked potatoes, and sautéed greens.  Yum!

Which French red wines have you tried and liked?  Please post in the comments section below!

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