Monday, November 20, 2023

St. Prefert Famille Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape

Incredible CDP that you can drink now for Thanksgiving!
2020 St. Prefert Famille Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape...$99.99
Now the flagship of this estate, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape is 75% Grenache and the rest Cinsault, Mourvedre, and a little Syrah. Sporting a deep ruby/purple hue, it offers a beautiful array of black raspberry and darker cherry fruit as well as lots of graphite, chalky minerality, Provençal garrigue, and spice. Beautiful on the palate as well, this medium to full-bodied effort has a layered, multi-dimensional mouthfeel, rock-solid underlying structure and concentration, building tannins, and a gorgeous finish. It needs to be forgotten for 2-4 years (although it certainly offers incredible pleasure even today) and will keep for two decades. Tasted twice.
Rated 98+/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Even within the context of the excellent 2020 vintage in Chateauneuf this is a really stunning wine. Incredible concentration of spiced plum cake with stacks of candied citrus and dried herb aromas. Giant tannin structure but this is so plush and refined, it sweeps you off your feet and carries you in its arms through the super-long finish. Drink or hold.
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
Approachable out of the gate, with gorgeous red fruit, wild strawberry, licorice root, dusty earth and lavender flavors joined by floral highlights. Beautifully textured and silky on the palate, with mineral intensity building on the palate, imparting nice persistence and length. A polished yet honest, characteristic wine. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2032. 3,300 cases made, 1,007 cases imported.
Rated 94/00 The Wine Spectator
Rated 94/100 Vinous Media
Rated 93-95/100 The Wine Advocate

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