70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. An ode to Châteauneuf du Pape at a much better price than most CdPs. For $21, this wine is ridiculously good. Brooding, dark berry fruits with Rhone-like complements of black olive, black pepper, dark soy, mint and lavender. Robust, fruity and spicy finish with ripe tannins that give structure but don’t dry your mouth out. This is a real find for wine lovers, especially fans of Southern Rhone and Cal-Rhone red blends. Most of the fruit in Pape Rocks comes from Lodi and nearby. Great fruit, but “affordable,” allowing a $21 price tag. The Syrah comes from “Phoenix Ranch” in Napa Valley.
I highly recommend you get to know the three labels under the Cochon “umbrella.” They are Cochon, Odisea and Élevé. They are all made by, and co-owned by, Adam Webb. The number of wines they make is too long to list (I count 19 wines on a current tasting sheet from their wine bar). While I think the number of wines could be decreased to improve brand focus (Adam agrees and is trying to cut a few labels), I’m impressed that wine quality doesn’t seem to suffer because of this. Anyway, take a look at Cochon website and make a trip to Sonoma to taste in their wine bar. Speaking of which…
Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor are VIPs at Cochon Wines. Members receive up to two complimentary wine-flights per visit (one flight for Member, one for Member’s guest). See the Winery VIP Tastings Page for more information and all participating wineries.
Here are all the Cochon wines reviewed on Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor