Drinking Tonight: Pontificis

This is a Southern Rhone clone (50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre) from the Pays d’Oc. I picked the 2011 vintage up at Trader Joe’s today for $9.  I’m having this with a goat cheese crotin and a crisp salad of bitter greens (beet and mustard greens, baby kale, carrot greens, etc)

Color: Straight red and garnet-red color.  Almost opaque in the middle.

Aroma: Cocoa and roasted earth notes from the Grenache dominate. There’s a little sweetish plum and cherry fruit underneath that.

Taste: This has some nice body – very much in the Rhone style, with good tannic and spicy length; really impressive length for a $9 bottle of French.  I wish it had a little more fruit in the middle – the cocoa-earth-spice complex dominates.  I’m going to try this with a hunk of dark chocolate a little later tonight.

A nice one to have on your shelf in the Rhone/GSM category.  

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