2004 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
*Top 100 Wines of 2007, Highly Recommended* Pure and silky, with raspberry, cocoa, truffle and mineral notes that glide along the fresh acidity. The long, silky finish lets the fruit and minerality hang nicely, with garrigue in the background. Should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2008 through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Also classic and aging gracefully, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is a medium to full-bodied, rich and mouth-filling effort, especially in the vintage. Kirsch, blackberry, garrigue, nori (seaweed/sushi wrapper which I seem to always find in this wine) and ample crushed-rock notes all round out the bouquet and on the palate, it’s nicely concentrated, with fine tannin and integrated acidity. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. A strong floral quality accents ripe blackberry, kirsch and licorice aromas. Very sweet and impressively suave, with ripe cherry and dark berry flavors nicely framed by supple tannins. Finishes long and juicy, with terrific staying power. (JR)
Wine & Spirits
This is packed with briary blackberry and cherry flavors, along with spicy, leathery notes of game, anise and white pepper. It feels warm and expansive as it fills the palate with its huge, ripe depth. It's a massive wine, and may develop more complexity with a few years in the cellar.
Very rich and subtle - like a refreshing cup of tea. Tannins nicely rounded - lovely balance. Bit of alcohol on the finish but a great texture. And some freshness. 18/20 points.