2011 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1123569 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Boasting incredible aromatics, and a drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous checks in as a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Vaccarese. Exotic and insanely perfumed, with aromas of kirsch, blackberry, exotic pepper, lavender and sandalwood (among other things), this full-bodied beauty hits the palate with brilliant richness and depth, masses of fine tannin and incredible length on the finish. A spectacular effort that transcends the vintage, it will thrill for 15 years or more. Don’t miss it! Drink 2014-2026. (JD)  (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby-red. Red berry liqueur and floral pastille aromas are complicated by hints of vanilla, incense and cola. Fleshy, mineral-laced raspberry and blueberry flavors gain sweetness and depth with air, picking up suave notes of lavender and allspice. Finishes silky and extremely long, with resonating spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins.  (2/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very engaging, offering a blast of warm linzer torte and blackberry jam aromas, with flavors of silky-textured plum sauce and cherry preserves. Dark licorice and singed apple wood accents give the finish cut and drive, while well-embedded acidity provides support. Drink now through 2025.  (11/2013)

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Chateauneuf du Pape