Inky ruby. Wild, pungent and seductive on the nose, with sexy red and dark berry liqueur aromas and a strong floral undertone. Deep and sweet but fresh, showing vivid raspberry and blackberry flavors, silky tannins and a late-arriving pit fruit quality. Finishes with impressive energy and focus, the red berry flavor repeating. This is lovely right now.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
Patience will be required of the backward, formidably endowed 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Noble Revelation. Opaque purple in color, this wine seems to start off in a modern style with some hints of licorice, espresso roast, and copious quantities of creme de cassis and blackberry. However, in the mouth Provencal garrigue notes intermixed with plum, Asian spice, soy, and some other exotic characteristics seem to emerge. This is a distinctive, full-throttle, powerful Chateauneuf du Pape that requires 4-5 years of bottle age and should keep for at least two decades.