This time we tasted Chateauneuf-du-Pape versus California.
The Domaine Bois de Boursan 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Felix starts out like a Languedoc wine but with aeration it turned more and more to a Chateauneuf-du-Pape with herbs, peppermint, black fruits, liquorice and white pepper. It has medium- to full-body, a lot of fine melted tannin, density and a long finish. 17.5/20 points.
Perhaps the most famous vineyard in California is the Beckstoffer To-Kalon vineyard. The grapes are expensive and are sold to various wineries for premium wines. One of them is made by the Morlet family: The Morlet 2011 Coeur de Vallée is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc. It explodes with blackberry, Cassis, herbs and black fruits in the glass and is full-bodied, very dense, mineral and balanced. It has a lot of fine mature tannin and a medium to long finish. 18.5/20 points.