($85) Glass-staining ruby. Seductively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, spicecake and incense, with notes of licorice and garrigue adding complexity. Juicy, pliant, seductively sweet red and dark berry flavors become spicier with air without losing their seamless quality. Very smooth and focused on the finish, with the sweet dark berry and spice notes recurring. Sussex Wine Merchants, Moorestown NJ
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The stunning, full-bodied 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Val de Dieu offers up a beautiful nose of acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, grilled meats, licorice, and cedar. Impressively pure, multilayered, and long (the finish lasts 50+ seconds), this is a killer Chateauneuf du Pape that should age effortlessly for two decades.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
This carries the lush raspberry, boysenberry and kirsch fruit notes of the vintage, but keeps them razor sharp, with gorgeous spice, incense and black tea notes adding a sense of elegance, despite its weight. The long, perfumy finish drips with fruit, while minerality ripples underneath.
Certainly saved what turned out to be the best for last - decanted for 3-4 hours out of a magnum. Here is a gorgeous wine, deep and rich, background coffee and christmas spices and in the foreground raspberry, blackberry, cedar wood with a beautiful long finish. Sweet fruit, incense, spicy notes. One of those wines where you just want another sip and another with a pleasant spiciness to the fruit that emerges over time. I was blown away by how delicious it was but without it being a high octane wine. Tannins are beautiful and sweet and lend to more ageability. An excellent pairing for the prime rib, and even the gaminess of lamb would have gone well with this. Excited I have 2 more 1.5Ls to enjoy down the line. Remarkable.