Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 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. 15.5% ABV. Brooding nose of black fruits, smoke and roasted herbs. Full bodied with strong acidity and tremendous balance. Big, bold and powerful. Kirsch liqueur, spiced plums, smoked meat and herbes de Provence on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Unique wine. Darker and more backwards than I would have expected at 16 years of age. Well made but pick your spots when serving. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 91 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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