Sunday Dinner With the Pope

Actually just dinner with one of may favorite Rhone style wines – The Châteauneuf du Pape!  Although this vino from France’s Rhône valley, does not possess the elegance and longevity of a great Bordeaux, its wide array of aromas and flavors are earthy, rich with stone fruit and it’s its texture is rich and round, sumptuous and opulent … which makes it just right for my dinner table!  But not all CDP’s are created equal gentlemen.  For my money Château de Beaucastel is one of the best!

Today, my choice was the 2007 vintage of Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

After opening the bottle a full 2 hours before the meal, I found the juice to be full bodied and ripe, with dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and licorice notes.  In my Riedel stemware as always, the taste is enhanced 🙂  A nice long finish on this one.

I matched this with grill salmon wrapped in cedar with mango, ginger and orange peppers with a side of yam, broccoli and haricot verts.

To finish … a dessert of frozen peanut butter and milk chocolate yogurt topped with chocolate sauce and graham cracker crust.  Ah … the simple pleasures of life!

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