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.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Rustic nose of red fruits, iron, blood and wet stones. Medium body with medium to strong acidity. Concentrated and power in a way that belies fourteen years of bottle age. Kirsch, garrigue, creme de cassis and herbes de Provence on the palate. Good length on the finish. Really nice showing for a CdP from the unheralded ’04 vintage. Best over the next several 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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