Paul Jaboulet-Aîné's Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cèdres 2011 is a full-bodied red with rich red fruit and spice that is ready to drink now.
Anthony Gismondi's guest note: Les Cèdres is an 80/10/10 Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grown over several different terroirs using bio-dynamic practices. The Grenache comes off the clay and limestone terraces, the Mourvèdre is on sand while the Cinsault pokes through the large rounded river rocks they call galets. The 2011 vintage looks to be an early drinker. Expect rich black cherry and raisiny notes on the nose and palate. The texture is soft with a wild game, pepper, garrigue finish. Drink now or keep for 3-5 years.
If you like chewy/silky fragrant reds with potent fruit character and shapely tannins, then consider this highly appealing Châteauneuf-du-Pape. From a respected producer, mature, biodynamically farmed mature vines, and three distinct terroirs, this full-bodied blend features Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre. Ripe red fruit, pepper spice, mellow tannins and emphatic herbal stamp of garrigue, Les Cèdres 2011 a dinner wine for roast pork, herb-crusted rack of lamb or even for after the feast with creamy cheese.