2010 Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dense purple-colored 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up rich aromas of Asian plum sauce, raspberries, black cherries, spice box, garrigue and meaty notes. Sweet tannins, a fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a heady aftertaste make for a gorgeous, sumptuous, front end-loaded red to drink over the next 10-12 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(93% grenache and 7% syrah): Vivid ruby. Distinctly ripe aromas of candied cherry and blackberry, with strong spicy lift. Juicy and broad but lively, with very good clarity to its red and dark berry flavors. Finishes long and spicy, with very good focus. I like this wine's fat-free character.
Still a touch raw, with a coating of singed wood and coffee notes that are yet to meld fully. But there’s velvety-textured blackberry, plum sauce and boysenberry fruit, with a long, spice-tinged finish. Should settle in soon enough. Best from 2014 through 2025. (Web Only- 08/2012)
93% Grenache, 7% Syrah. 18 months in foudre. 30,000 bottles. Greyish crimson with smudgy rim. Satisfying, lip smacking, super-fruity nose. Very luscious fruit just about disguises the tannins. Very pleasing and vigorous.