Favorite wine of the past month:
2005 was quite a vintage in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and now with eight years of bottle age, these beauties are just starting to enter their drinking window. What's more, they can still be found at retail, with just a little extra effort. And Vieux Telegraphe makes some of my favorite traditionally-styled CdP in the market today.
2005 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau - The nose showed dark, intense red and black fruits with licorice, charred meat, black pepper and a hint of herbal mint. On the palate, it was velvety with grainy, layered concentration, followed by palate staining fruit; blackberry and raspberry were prominent, along with plum sauce, sweet/savory spice and violet candies. The finish showed hints of dusty tannin with a lasting notion of black fruit and violet, which seemed to go on forever. This wine may still show some youthful structure, but it's so good now, that it's hard to keep my hands off.