Here we are once again with a few members of Tex and Gidget's wine group for a Saturday lunch blind tasting. Andy Ashbaugh, American Wine Society Las Vegas Chapter Chairman joined us as well. For some added difficulty, Irene from VegasWineaux chose the blind wine. In the glass this wine was light to medium bodied. The age ring suggested 2004-2005 vintage and the color was a deep Burgundy. On the nose most people reported spice, smoke , earth , and nutmeg. On the palate we had alot of red fruit, cherry, high alcohol and med to high tannins. It was time to make our guess at the wine. Some people suggested is was a Burgundy and others a Tempranillo. Irene told us we were all on the wrong track ! We gave it a second try and suggested it was French , possibly a Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. This time we got it right. The best thing about wine is that blind tasting can be a very humbling experience.
The Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Appelation is located in the southern most part of France's Rhone region. In 1923 this area was the first to adopt strict rules for grape growing and winemaking. These rules became the basis of the French national system. This areas red wines are traditionally big, rich and full bodied with spicy, raspberry favors and are capable of ageing 5 to 20 years.