($70; 80% grenache, 10% mourvedre, 7% syrah and 3% cinsault) Sexy, expressive scents of black raspberry, star anise, lavender and smoky minerals. Lively red and dark berry flavors are given a refreshingly bitter edge by a note of cherry skin, turning deeper and spicier with air. The finish is broad, sappy and impressively powerful, leaving sweet red and dark berry compote notes behind. This is drinking surprisingly well for such a young wine but it also has the depth to repay patience.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Ripe and winey, with a solid core of mulled currant, crushed raspberry and bramble notes laced with hints of ganache, incense and black tea. The finish is long, solid and authoritative. Should blossom in the cellar.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The dense ruby/purple-hued 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape's gorgeous bouquet of crushed blackberries and black currants intermixed with a smorgasbord of spring flowers, truffles, licorice, and honeysuckle is followed by a full-bodied, velvety-textured wine with excellent freshness and vibrancy for a wine of such extraordinary fruit depth, body, and intensity. It should be drinkable in 3-4 years, and last for two decades or more.