PAPA Luna is!
World Market has it for $9.99!
You know that I love the southern Rhone wines, GSM's being one of my top favorites, so I was excited to try this wine yesterday. In the glass Papa is deep, dark and mysterious looking ~ you can't see your hand through the wine (how fast can you say, "BIG Syrah??"). It was open and inviting, with aromas of dark fruit, vanilla spice and a touch of licorice. Upon tasting, the wine was smooth and approachable with blackberry (that's the Syrah) - vanilla (that's the oak barrel), black pepper (that's the Grenache talking), and a tiny hint of earth (that's the Mourvedre).
I liked it very much ~ so did our customers... We poured it in the store and sold two cases in about 8 hours!
*NOTE: Papa got a little tired overnight and wasn't quite as fresh; I suggest you enjoy this wine with a group instead of re-corking and saving for the next day.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM / REVIEWS:
Color: Deep purple with crimson rim. Nose: Raspberry and cherry aromas punctuated by herbs and vanilla. Palate: Full bodied fruit with fine tannins and crisp acidity. Finish: Long, smoky vanilla.
Wine Advocate 90 pts. : "The 2006 Papa Luna is a blend of 70% old-vine Garnacha, 25% Syrah, and 5% Monastrell and Mazuelo aged for 5 months in French and American oak. Dark ruby/purple-colored, it offers up an attractive nose of cedar, spice, vanilla, earth, cherry, and blueberry. This leads to a smooth-textured, sweetly-fruited wine with light tannin and complex flavors. It will evolve for 2-3 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years." —Jay Miller, February 2008.