|From Original Wooden Case
Isabel Ferrando informed me during my visit that she planned to eliminate the Reserve Auguste Favier and Collection Charles Giraud bottlings, folding those lots and the "tradition" Saint-Prefert Châteauneuf into a single, combined wine under the Famille Isabel Ferrando label. The resulting blend she showed as the 2020 Famille Isabel Ferrando Chateauneuf du Pape is a fine effort, with layers of cola-like spice and hints of garrigue layered against a lush backdrop of cherries and raspberries. Medium to full-bodied and almost creamy in texture, it finishes long, silky and mouthwatering.
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.
75% Grenache, 12% Cinsault, 11% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah, from the St-Préfert lieu-dit on a mix of galet stones, gravels, blue clay and sands. Aged in a mix of foudres, concrete and amphora. Bottling will be in March 2022. Cask sample.
Raspberry and jammy fruits, red strawberry and spiced notes. Packed full of sweet and juicy fruits, ripe style but not overworked. A rich mouthfeel and a long finish. (AC)