2008 Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points Robert Parker: "One of the finest 2008 Chateauneuf du Papes money can buy is Pierre Usseglio’s offering (the only 2008 they made). Composed of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it possesses a dark ruby/purple color, surprisingly intense fruit, lots of garrigue, pepper and spice box, a medium to full-bodied texture and a heady finish. Performing better out of bottle than it did last year in the cellars, it should be consumed during its first 5-6 years of life. Restaurants take note!" 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. High-pitched spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry are complemented by smoky garrigue and dried rose. Round, spicy red fruit flavors display a seamless texture and a refreshing, mineral-driven character. Finishes with very good spicy cut and lingering red fruits. This will be drinkable on release." (Jan/Feb 2010) K&L's notes - It is so worth noting that Usseglio decided not to make the Mon Aieul or Deux Freres in 2008 so both these vineyards ended up in the tradition.