Robert Parker 93
Featuring a healthy dose of delicate herbal-floral notes, hints of black tea and copious red fruits, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is in no danger of heading over the hill anytime soon. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and open-knit, it’s easy to drink and right in the middle of its drinking window, still showing a touch of tannin on the licorice-laced finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030
Vivid ruby. Red berry preserves and potpourri on the exotically perfumed nose. Deep and intensely fruity but light on its feet, offering an array of red and dark fruit flavors lifted by peppery spices. Shows no rough edges and finishes with excellent clarity, cut and length. This wine is surprisingly approachable now.