Medium red. Explosive red berry aromas are utterly room-filling, which is no surprise as this packs 16% alcohol. Pure, lush and uncommonly sweet, with a viscous texture but surprisingly lively raspberry and strawberry preserve flavors. Finishes lush and velvety, with a clinging raspberry tone and no obvious tannins. This got no wood treatment at all.
Robert Parker 93
More forward and textured, with a hedonistic slant, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (also 100% Grenache) gives up earthy, meaty notes of tobacco leaf, olive, rare steak and sweet black fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and voluptuously textured, it is drinking at maturity, yet should hold nicely for another 5-7 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021