Wine Review – 2007 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley, France

Winery: Domaine Paul Autardautardclassic

Bottling: 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape

Region: Rhone Valley, France

Sub-Region: Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $40

Purchase Details: Purchased at the R. Field Wine Shop in Honolulu for around $40

Tasting Notes: The wine smelled of tar, hot earth and dark berry fruit.  In the mouth, the wine was dense, round and really quite drinkable for such a young Chateauneuf de Pape.  Lots of wild dark berry fruit, a little fig and a taste of hot baked earth.

Had we not had as much new world wine stained on our palates up till now, I would say that this wine had a lot of fruit, but when you’re following Oregon, Washington, California and Australia, it begins to get a little difficult to discern what’s on your palate.  I hope to try this again in the near future, because I really like the wines of Paul Autard.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Game meats and hard, stinky cheeses.  Something meaty, savory, and rustic spiked with herbs like rosemary and thyme.

Winery & Other Background Information: I can’t believe that at this point of the evening we still tried to drink this wine.  If you haven’t been following the previous reviews leading up to this one, we’ve already drunk the Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir, Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir, Mollydooker Enchanted Path, Turley Pesenti Zinfandel and then this wine.

There were five people drinking during this evening.  Overkill is an understatement.  I know its completely ridiculous, but it was one week before our move, and was a going away party of sorts, so I believe it was somewhat justified.

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