2010 Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge, Rhone Valley, France.
This wonderfully expressive Chateauneuf has pure and rich flavors and is vigorous with firm and balanced structure. Without cumbersome oak, this tank raised Rhone has loads of Grenache red fruits with touches of earth, hot bricks and peppery spices while doses of Syrah and Mourvedre give black fruits, plum sauce and forcefulness in the mid palate. 2010 is again proving it’s greatness across the board, but especially in these Southern Rhone wines like this pretty and lush Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge from the great performing Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique line of wines. Lingering grenadine, boysenberry, chalky minerals and garrique add to the luster and pleasure in this fine and full bodied wine.
($45 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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