How was the Chateauneuf -de-pape? It is my neighbor's favorite wine. I see them in the recycling all of the time.
Very good, I liked it a lot (also had the '09) and its only $40 which for CdP is cheap. There is another producer of CdP in the $40-50 range which I think punches way above its weight, I am picking it up this weekend, will post a pic.
i really dislike the "international style" CdP's. Fortunately, I don't drink many CdP's, so I rarely have to worry about it.
oh, that kind of reminds me, I was out of town for a bunch of last week, and the wife asked what she could pillage from our cellar (er, "cellar"). Settled on the Kosta Browne Sonoma 2009, and 10 minutes later I got a text that read "this stuff tastes like pixie juice."