($57) Bright medium ruby. Complex, vibrant nose of cassis, violet, sandalwood, bitter chocolate, licorice and espresso, with a hint of exotic fruits. Concentrated, structured and chewy, with fresh dark berry flavors and seamless texture. Stronger in extract than it appeared to be a year ago from barrel. Finishes firmly tannic, lively and very long. (Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois boasts a saturated black/ruby color as well as amazing concentration of fruit extract (blackberries and cherries) intermixed with graphite and creme de cassis. Spectacularly concentrated, full-bodied, extremely pure, well-delineated, and opulent, this superb wine is forward and accessible.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Nearly flawless blockbuster?a gem from start to finish. Full-bodied, ultrathick, very silky, displaying a seductive texture that is backed by black fruit, floral notes, smoke, tar and grilled meat character. The ripe fruit strikes again on the long, balanced finish. 1,165 cases made.
Decanted at home for 6 hours, funnelled back into the bottle for the ride to Joe's Stone Crab. Sommelier tasted and exclaimed |Omigod! Do you have more of this?| This is one big honker. I thought it not just bigger, but better than the '96 Cos that followed. This still tasted (too) young, and could easily last another 10-20 years. All the raw edges disappeared when accompanying our steaks. If you don't have time to decant, don't bother with this. I tasted along the way and it kept on softening and opening, but I'm quite sure it would be fine the next day. Filled both mouth and nose with more tastes than I could possibly describe.