Bright ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry on the fragrant nose. Spicy and precise on entry, then deeper in the mid-palate, offering pliant red and dark berry preserves flavors and hints of peppery spices. Brighter and more lively than it showed last year, finishing with very good lift and silkiness. This is drinking well right now.
Robert Parker 94
A spectacular showing, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape was firing on all cylinders at this tasting. As sexy and seamless as they come, with blackberry liqueur, kirsch, creamy licorice, orange peel and dried flower-like aromas and flavors, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, up-front, decadent style that just begs to be drunk. Drink this puppy while you wait on the 2010.