2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Superstars!
“Proprietress Isabel Ferrando has taken her Saint Prefert estate to France’s highest level, and she’s unquestionably making some of the most profound wines on earth today”-Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Domaine St. Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition...$42.99
Loaded with scents of roses and exotic spices, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a super entry-level effort. It's 85% Grenache aged in concrete, with the balance Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah that's aged in demi-muids. Full-bodied, velvety and long, it delivers opulent black raspberry fruit framed by silky tannins.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
2016 Domaine St. Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Auguste Favier...$69.99
A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier boasts enchanting floral aromas, intoxicating raspberry and cherry fruit and enthralling hints of Swiss cocoa. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it nevertheless comes across as fresh and nearly weightless. The use of stems (the wine is all whole bunches) and an elevated proportion of Cinsault has certainly contributed to this wine's soaring aromas and sense of freshness. It's a fascinating wine.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis....$79.99
A spitting image of the heavenly 2007, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis is a huge, opulent Grenache that delivers everything you could want from this variety. Layers of kirsch liqueur, garrigue, licorice, and herbes de Provence just cascade over the palate. This literal bomb of a wine is full-bodied, concentrated, and layered, yet like all truly great wines, it remains pure, balanced and graceful, with no sense of heaviness. It will most likely merit a triple-digit score in another 2-3 years and will keep for another 10-15 years, but why wait?
Rated 99/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator