Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape 2011
Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...A blend of 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah and the balance other permitted varieties, aged 30% in barrel and the majority in concrete tanks, it is a solid 2011 that has medium-bodied richness, good acidity and perfumed notes of spring flowers, black cherries and spice. Already approachable and ready to go, it should be consumed over the coming 3-5 years or so. Drink now-2018. (Oct 2013)
The vinyard was first cultivated by the Barbarini family in the 14th century. The Barbarini's by then were wine makers of the pope that had moved to Avignon. The current owners mother is the last Barbarini alive. Expect a warm welcome in the simple tasting room. The Lancon brothers and their winemaker are very knowledgeable and speak English.