2006 Roger Sabon "Les Olivets" Châteauneuf du Pape (Previously $50)
90 points Robert Parker: "The succulent, Provencal 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Olivets possesses loads of black cherry fruit, spice, and garrigue, a roasted meatiness, and firmer tannins than in 2007. It should drink well for 10-12 years." (10/08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "There's lots of spice and toast up front, followed by dark plum sauce, fig, graphite and fruitcake notes on the racy palate. A graphite edge wins out on the finish. Drink now through 2018." (11/08) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Seductive scents of red berries, lavender and herbs, with a gently smoky undertone. The palate features deeper kirsch and dark berries and a gentle note of garrigue The sweet finish features gentle tannins and very good thrust. Pretty tasty right now, but also has the balance to age." (Jan/Feb 09). 14.5% abv.