2016 Domaine Jéröme Gradassi - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (89 pts)

2016 Domaine Jéröme Gradassi - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (89 pts)

4/5/2021, 8:00:03 AM
2016 Domaine Jéröme Gradassi - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (89 pts) @martineswines · ℹ️ Tasted double blind this week at a new wine bar in San Francisco @ungrafted _sf A great place to do some blind tasting. I am so happy to have places like this in San Francisco 🌉💪 · 👁 Medium+ ruby color and a pale rim· 👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, prune, blueberry, dark chocolate, oak, treebark, brett, barnyard, VA, and wet rock· 👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ grippy tannins, medium+ alcohol, and medium+ body. A medium length finish of bitter dark chocolate and prunes· 🧠 Key features: High acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ to high astringent tannins, fairly dark color, and raisinated fruit (prune). Noticeable VA and Brett. Brett makes me think of the Bordeaux, Loire, Rhone, and Italy. VA makes me think of lots of Bordeaux, Italy, and many new world Cabernets. This is not Cabernet. Possible 🍇 Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Valpolicella blend, and Nebbiolo. Discounted Syrah due to lack of pepper, but everything else fits but unlikely to be Northern Rhone. Mourvedre the color is too light, but possible. Grenache color is a fit, alcohol a fit, but the acidity is off. Nebbiolo color doesn't fit. Valpolicella blend can have VA, Brett, raisinated fruit, high alcohol, and high acid. 🤓 Guessing 2015 Valpolicella Ripasso· 🔔 The acidity threw me way off on this wine. I am ok with the structural notes of the wine as they are sound, but I should not let one factor sway me so heavily. CdP is famous for "good" Brett and this should have at least been something that was a possible lateral call in my deduction. Overall, I quite enjoyed this wine. Well made, good structure, and layers of flavor. The wine is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre· 😎 In blind, we trust.

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