2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points Robert Parker: "The dense ruby/purple 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah) is very sexy and rich, with a beautiful nose of blueberry, blackberry, charcoal, and tapenade. Fabulously concentrated, with silky tannins and a layered, rich mouthfeel, this stunning effort is already irresistible, and should drink well for a decade or more." (10/09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and seamless, with a gorgeous mouthfeel to the raspberry, mulled spice, crushed currant and melted licorice notes. Long and fleshy, with a buried minerality extending the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2025." (09/09) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of dark berries and singed cherry, with licorice and iron notes adding complexity. Sappy blackberry, cassis and cola flavors are firmed by gentle mineral qualities and dusty tannins. On the serious side today: I look forward to trying this again next year and suspect it will be sweeter and more energetic." (Jan/Feb '09) 15% abv.