Chateau La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Chateau La Nerthe|
VinousVivid ruby-red. Spicy red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by candied lavender, coconut and smoky minerals. Juicy raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show good clarity and a smoky mineral undertone that gains power with air. Offers an appealing blend of power and vivacity, finishing with gentle grip, a hint of sweet oak spices and subtle tannins.
Wine SpectatorJuicy and lively, with good energy coursing through the core of plum, anise, blackberry and fruitcake flavors, while sweet spice and juniper hints fill the finish. Offers a chewy feel without being heavy. Best from 2016 through 2023.
Wine AdvocateI found the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape surprisingly soft and one-dimensional. Sporting a transparent ruby color as well as light berry fruit, leather, toasted spice and underbrush, it's medium-bodied and nicely balanced/focused, but falls off on the finish. Hopefully I caught this on an off day, but as it is, I'd lean toward drinking bottles over the coming 5-7 years.