I opened a couple 2002 Northern Rhone reds (Syrah) last week. TGB Wine Chart tells us that this was a difficult year but the wines can be drunk young. The Cote Rotie and Cornas were very acidic with little structure and light body.
The price was reduced to around $30. Great deal! Although not perfect, these wines hit that sweet spot that most Norther Rhone wines do for me.
Today, I opened up a 2005 Chateau La Nerthe, Chateauneauf-du-pape.
TGB Wine Chart tells us that 2005 is an excellent year in Souther Rhone and is ready to open today! This is a special wine to buy and drink today.
Very little tannin but nice structure & balance…nice acidity and fruit...100% ready to drink today. I'm tasting braised red cabbage, spice, vegetal, coco…beautiful ruby red color….very Spanish with a French attitude.
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