2007 Domaine de Cristia "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
96 points Robert Parker: "Absolutely brilliant and my favorite wine of the trio of 2007s is their 100% Grenache cuvee, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. Aged completely in small, older oak barrels, this wine displays lavish quantities of blackberry and black cherry fruit, an intriguing floral component, and of course, the tell-tale kirsch, licorice, and lavender. Opulent, even voluptuous, and lavishly rich, with exceptional depth, texture, and a full-bodied finish, this is an enormously endowed, stunning example of old, old-vine Grenache made in an uncompromising fashion from a great terroir. Give it another 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades." (10/09) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Room-filling bouquet of dark berry compote, pipe tobacco, printer's ink and licorice. Broad and impressively deep, with liqueur-like blackberry and boysenberry flavors, velvety texture and slow-building tannins..." (Jan/Feb '09) ETA End of 2009.