($40) Vivid ruby. Strawberry, black raspberry, flowers and spices on the nose, with a suave mineral undertone. Graceful and focused, offering pinot noir-like clarity to its sweet red and dark berry flavors and showing no rough edges. The mineral note repeats on the finish and adds an energetic quality. This is delicious right now. North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley CA ; Village Wines, New York NY
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The beautiful 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (from 80- to 100-year-old vines) is a blend of 60% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise aged in concrete tanks and old wood foudres. An effusively fruity, exuberant effort, it reveals plenty of juicy black currants and black cherries intermixed with lavender, licorice, incense, and forest floor. Full-bodied, dense, and seductive with silky tannins and a long, lush, opulent finish, it is impossible to resist at present, and should continue to evolve for 10-12+ years.
Retail purchase. Splash decant, enjoyed over 2 nights. Very primary, sweet blueberry, black plum. Easy to drink, revealing a 15% alcohol level with that sweet, rather than hot, finish. Long, dark and a good BBQ wine. Very nice value play at $30, drink or hold.
Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Miguel L
Self | Rating: 92
Was really good ' nice red fruits with garrigue and spice layered in with a medium finish. There was a smooth clarity and surprising freshness from the acidity.