28 January 2015

Les Cailloux Cuvée Centenaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001

Oh my.

I got this bottle for half price at Element 47 in Aspen, CO. It was part of their "Masters Markdown" program, where the sommelier selects six wines each day to offer for half-off.

This one was totally amazing.

The nose was intense, full of smoked honey scents, followed by the distinct smell of Red Cherry Twizzlers. While that might sound strange, it was very enticing.

The taste matched the smell. The wine was super complex, bursting with red cherry flavors, buttered toast notes, beautiful acidity, and smooth, crisp tannins. It was a wine of poise and balance.

It was excellent.