Domaine de la Pinede, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2002
This wine: a blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre, muscardin, cinsault; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Vintage Wines, £40 (02/17)
Consumer tasting note: a fully developed nose of warm prune, raisin, tobacco, dried berries, hints of mocha, black liquorice; medium-full bodied, perfectly balanced, with a palate of warm wet prune, dried dark berries and sweet tobacco. A long length. Decant for 30 minutes if desired.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears and a significant amount of solid sediment.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of prune, sweet tobacco, cedar, raisin, dried currant, dried fig, sun-dried red pepper, dried black cherry, damp earth, leaf humus, hints of dark chocolate, bees wax, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained ripe tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, smooth texture, with flavours of warm wet prune, sun-dried red pepper, dried dark berries, sweet tobacco. A long length with a clean pruney/dried berry lightly grippy finish.
Quality: very good, a fine balance of acidity and tannins with alcohol, harmonious with the flavour intensity; fully developed with an all-tertiary nose and mid-palate, well-concentrated flavours, showing a high level of complexity on the nose, less so in mid-palate. A good long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – fully developed, but will keep for 2-3 years.