2010 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Breathtaking dark fruit flavors lead to a stunning display of fig, boysenberry coulis, blueberry paste and anise-steeped black currant all backed by ganache and black tea. The muscle shows up on the pure and balanced finish, characterized by tarry grip and drive. Best from 2015 through 2030. (Web Only- 2012)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition (made from the same blend as the 2011) is incredibly rich, concentrated and complex. The best value in their portfolio, it offers a dark plum/purple color along with copious notes of garrigue, pepper, licorice, black raspberries and kirsch. A super, full-bodied Chateauneuf with terrific purity and palate presence, it can be enjoyed over the next 15+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(60% grenache, 35% syrah and 5% mourvedre; aged in a combination of concrete tanks and barriques): Bright purple. Ripe dark berries on the nose, with floral and herbal nuances adding complexity. Round, sappy and smooth, offering deep, sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of warmth on the back end. Finishes with very good power and length, leaving dark fruit notes behind.
From Jancis Robinson: "60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. 35% aged in barrique, 65% aged in concrete. Blackish crimson. Broad and spicy nose. Very sweet and rich. Super dramatic. Perhaps more alcohol than many? But I don’t think anyone would be disappointed by this. Still quite dry on the end but there is so much fruit here I am confident it will triumph in the end." (12/2011)