2005 Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine
"One can imagine that the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine is even more backward than the regular bottling. Saturated black/purple in color with a classic nose of a walk in a pine forest intermixed with roasted herbs, black cherry liqueur, cassis, and something I often pick up in this wine, an almost earthy, peppery meatiness that, for lack of a better description, reminds me of a high-class steak au poivre dish at a French bistro. This is full-bodied and deep – a wine built/made for conn...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarDark red. Intense oak spice notes and dusty herbs accent bright red berry aromas. Sweet and silky, with powerful raspberry and kirsch flavors, supple tannins and excellent thrust on the finish. This is wonderfully bright and energetic, with the balance to repay cellaring.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 16 notes)
International Wine CellarRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar on 10/03
Wine AdvocateRating: (92-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 169 on Feb-07
Wine SpectatorRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 6/04