91-93 in community Surprisingly approachable already though with some expressive alcohol. This wine is full of ripe sweet cherry and dark fruits, complemented by chocolate, leather, earthy mushroom, incense-like oaky vanilla secondary notes. Fresh, lively impression with somewhat chewy tannins and considerable acidity that breeze through the finish. (676 views) Tasted by Jack on 6/28/2011: PnPd. Spritz masked some pretty big fruit. 3 hours later it was worse. Spritz oak and alc. dominated. Opened something else to drink with dinner. 6 hours later the spritz started to subsided and the wine started to strut. Terrible to begin with - worse after three hours and really good after six hours. Day 2 - Still out of balance. While good it is over blown and needs a lot of time to settle down. 89 pts today. (902 views)
Wine & Spirits(From 2005 Vintage) The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a deep black/purple color and a sweet nose of charcoal, black cherries, raspberry, and some Provencal herbs and pepper. In the mouth itrsquo;s tannic and clearly a vin de garde with refreshing acidity, real vibrancy, but surprising power and length. As Christophe Sabon said, ldquo;Itrsquo;s a wine that comes across as feminine because of the high acids and low pH, but then the finished alcohol is close to fifteen percent!rdquo; Give this wine 3ndash;5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following fifteen as it will be extremely long-lived.