Curt Schalchlin is probably one of the most talented young winemakers whom I've had the opportunity to meet and taste with. His latest Offering is his version of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and just a touch of Viognier, using about 15% whole clusters, aged in a combination of new, once-used and neutral French oak. The resulting wine is complex and earthy, with a savory, meaty undercurrent from cooler climate Syrah and Mourvedre. There's also bright cherry and raspberry fruit, brambly blackberry and something evocative of a caramel hazelnut mocha spiked with black pepper.
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