2017 domaine isabel ferrando, chateauneuf-du-pape, colombis
Why We're Buying
Rhône red blends don’t get better than this. Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis is a blend of grenache and mourvèdre that yields a heavenly array of textures, flavors, and aromas. The cuvée is an opulent display of concentrated fruits, smoke, licorice, and cocoa that cascades across the palate. Wine critic James Suckling gave the 2017 vintage a 100-point rating, saying, "Don’t miss it!”
Almost 100% Grenache fermented with no destemming and aged in demi-muids, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis might be a candidate for the wine of the vintage. This flamboyant, sexy, yet pure and polished barrel sample gives up a huge nose of ripe black fruits, licorice, Asian spices, chocolate, and a building sense of crushed rock and minerality. The tannin quality is first rate, it has a great mid-palate and beautiful balance. Don't miss it!