Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Two Chateauneufs-du-Pape with Venison

2001 Domaine Grand Veneur, Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Color is starting to fade, but still retains an attractive cranberry color. Pretty, Burgundian notes of forest floor, mushroom and sweet cherry with sweet thyme playing a supporting role. On the palate it is light and very dry with cherry and thyme notes and a long, tannic finish. Enjoy now as I think this wine is at or near its peak. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

2003 Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Cloudy, yet still retains youthful coloration. Lots of dark cherry and chocolate in the nose here. Still quite sweet with cherry and spicy raspberry fruit on the palate. Turns really dry and woody, borderline unpleasant, on the finish. Great nose and palate, but loses points for the finish.

Dinner was pan-seared tournadoes of venison tenderloin with a rustic mushroom pan sauce and smashed Yukon gold potatoes. A delicious way to finish up the father-in-law's visit.

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