Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2004 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.

The wine is ruby red in color and checks in at 14.5% ABV. Red fruits, stones and tar on the nose. Rich and plush. Medium body with perfect acidity. Kirsch, plums, garrigue, dried cherries, cranberries and Herbes de Provence on the palate. Dusty tannins on a beautiful finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 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 ’11 and ’12 Isabel Ferrando should be available for $50-$60. I’m a buyer.

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