David’s Pick: 2012 Notre Dame de Cousignac Châteauneuf-du-Pape $28

A seventh generation winemaker, Raphaël Pommier tend’s his family’s certified organic vineyards on the right bank of the Rhône River in the Ardeche region. The chapel of Notre Dame de Cousignac, built in the 7th century, lies in the midst of the vineyards. The Pommier family bought the property in the Napoleonic era, cultivating both wine and silk back then. Now a part of the Ogier group, Raphaël sources grapes for this Châteauneuf from organic estates. Vinified in stainless steel tanks, it is aged for 12 months in a mix of cement and stainless. It offers lightly tart red fruit aromas, along with licorice and a bit of spice. The round, ripe, red berry and plum fruit flavors are backed by touches of creamy cocoa and leather. Fine, mostly resolved tannins come through on the finish, which is marked by balanced, food friendly acidity. Would go great with roast chicken, roast beef or game, winter squash or baked pasta dishes.