2016 La Veuve du Pape - XLB
Aged 46 extra-long months in neutral oak, this widow is a carefully considered blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Petite Sirah, with all grapes sourced from the infamous St. Peter of Alcantara Vineyard. A scatter of glittering ruby-ripe pomegranate seeds riding an earthy Moroccan carpet, & what an intriguing nose! Toasted hazelnut, kaffir lime & black Tartarian cherries, a fine grind of resinous Malabar peppercorns with a floral swirl of purple violets, blood rose & sweet Blue Tansy. Then there’s a strap of well-worn leather coated with rich humous & camphor slapped against the thigh, setting off a whiff of bergamot & cinnamon comingled with just a jot of randy sweat. She’s long & juicy; she’s earthy & briny. She’s an appealing cordial of tart cranberry & dried ripe apple lollygagging the day away on a warm Mediterranean beach. Only 72 cases were bottled.