2007 Domaine de la Côte l'Ange "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
96 points Robert Parker: "I obviously underestimated the awesome 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes last year when I gave it an estimated rating of (90-93). Its saturated plum/purple color is followed by aromas of incense, spring flowers, blueberries, boysenberries, kirsch, licorice, and smoked meats. Seriously packed and stacked, this full-bodied wine possesses splendid concentration, superb purity, and a finish that lasts nearly a full minute. This is indeed a 'wow' Châteauneuf-du-Pape that is approachable now (because of the wonderful sweetness of the fruit and aromatic intensity), and should age beautifully for two decades." (10/09) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This has it all - the ripe, showy blackberry, boysenberry and fig fruit of the vintage backed by loads of graphite, roasted chestnut, maduro tobacco and hoisin sauce notes. The long, velvety finish lets the dark tobacco note play out. Best from 2010 through 2027." (10/09) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Deep ruby. Blackberry and kirsch on the nose, with suave Asian spice and mineral notes adding complexity and energy. Velvety, gently sweet dark berry flavors stain the palate, with smoky minerals adding lift and cut. Finishes with clinging sweetness and excellent clarity. Very sexy wine, offering an intriguing mix of richness and vivacity." (Jan/Feb 2009) ETA: Late-February 2010.