Sunday, April 8, 2012

Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape, 1990

For Easter dinner featuring grilled leg of lamb, this traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape was the perfect accompaniment. Robert Parker said to drink the 1990 Grand Tinel early, and I did. But I'm glad I bought in quantity and held back a few bottles. It's as fresh and lively tonight as it was 15 years ago.

I smell dark cherries, black licorice, herbs and minerals; and the same qualities come through on the palate. Like a cherry tart--rich, smooth and ripe but not at all heavy. A traditionally made wine that carries its 14% alcohol well. I like it much better than the 2009 Grand Tinel I had at a Tasters' Guild event in February.

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