Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Domaine Isabel Ferrando Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis – Bottle Notes

Domaine Isabel Ferrando is owned by Isabel Ferrando who created the estate when she purchased 3.9 hectares of vines. The goal was to create a wine that was distinct from Domaine Saint Prefert, her other Southern Rhone winery. The wine is 100% old vine Grenache made from grapes ranging from 65-100 years of age. 2004 was the debut vintage.

Crimson in color. 15% ABV. Tons of sediment. Traditional nose of red fruits, wet asphalt and garrigue. Medium body with strong acidity and exceptional balance. Concentration and power in spades from a 14 year old CdP. Kirsch, herbes de Provence, blood and dried cherries on the palate. Medium length on the finish. I’ve seen conflicting notes on this wine but I couldn’t be happier with what is in my glass right now. Super wine from an average vintage. Best over the next few years.

My rating: 92 points.

Isabel Ferrando is making super wines at both Domaine Isabel Ferrando and Saint Prefert. I’m not sure about distribution because neither are easy to come by. That being said, they are worth searching for. The ’16 Isabel Ferrando should be available for $75. I’m a buyer, provided I can find it.

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