2007 Isabelle Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
92-95 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape looks to be the best Isabel Ferrando has made to date. A beauty, this wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an already gloriously complex bouquet of kirsch, subtle smoked herbs, roasted meats, incense, and copious quantities of black and red fruits. It is full-bodied, with silky tannins and a sexy, supple mouthfeel. Its full-bodied richness and layered finish only add to the pleasure and intensity of this wine, which should be approachable in its youth and last for 15 or more years." (10/08) 92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Fresh, complex bouquet of spicy red berries, cherry, minerals and fresh flowers; there's an appealingly Burgundian quality to this wine. Brisk and focused, with sweet red fruit flavors, silky texture and very fine tannins. The finish is impressively pure and vibrant, with the raspberry note clinging tenaciously." (Jan/Feb '09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely kirsch, pepper, shiso leaf and mulled cherry fruit aromas and flavors run through this full-bodied, silky-textured offering, followed by a long, cherry fruit¿filled finish. A flattering, modern style. Grenache. Drink now through 2023. 665 cases made." (10/09) ETA Fall of 2009.