(70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% mourvedre): Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry, cherry pit and violet, with hint of exotic fruits in the background. Fleshy and expansive, offering penetrating dark fruit flavors that are complemented by smoke and floral pastille qualities. Finishes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness and an echo of bitter cherry. This wine is complex enough to enjoy now, especially after an hour of decanting.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2012
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15
Dark crimson. Smells like simple fruit juice! Then a great slug of alcohol. But nothing very winey to tie them together...
Drink Dates: 2013-2017
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (a 3,500-case blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from nearly 70 year old vines) exhibits abundant notes of sweet cassis, licorice, kirsch, garrigue and tobacco leaf in a full-bodied, layered, opulently textured style. This hedonistic turn-on should continue to drink well for a decade or more.