2018 Tour de L'Isle Châteauneuf du Pape
Since his inception of the Tour d’Isle collection of fine wines, owner Robert Rocchi has eventually taken over the winemaking responsibilities for his end products. It is Rocchi’s intention to feature each part of the Southern Rhône region with his wines, thereby showing distinguishing features in terroir and the subtle differences in making wines from the diversified areas of the region. To accomplish his aim, Rocchi selected a distinguished grower from each of the Southern Rhône’s main producing areas to work with. He also decided to make the each of his wines on the individual property of each grower rather than in a central production facility, thus assuring minimum movement of the grapes and near perfect quality control of the barrels and finished wines. Mostly Grenache, with bits of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Bright purple. Deeply pitched, smoky aromas of blackberry, cassis and incense. Lush and creamy in texture, with good heft to its dark fruit compote flavors. Picks up energy with air and finishes with very good cut and focus.
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