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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine & Spirits, 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 96104
Deep dark red in color with aromas of spices and mature red fruits. The wine has round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. Very rich, full of harmony and balance.
Bright ruby. Sexy, perfumed aromas of raspberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices, with a touch of anise in the background. Juicy and appealingly sweet, showing very good depth and vivacity to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finishes with excellent clarity, silkiness and length. This is already drinking very well.
Though already six years old, this Chateauneuf gives the impression of only beginning to come into its own. It starts off smelling like a peat fire, deeply smoky and earthy, and takes hours for the smoke to clear. Only then does the fruit come up, firm and red, held tight with a cool, hard acidity.
The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape, which has been released, is a winner. This is an underrated vintage, sandwiched between two greater years, 2005 and 2007, but it is certainly a top vintage that is probably being discounted by retailers. This wine has a dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color and a big, sweet kiss of creme de cassis, kirsch, cedar, spice, and balsam wood. With outstanding intensity, full-bodied power, and a long, rich, silky finish, it should drink well for up to a decade.