2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape (Previously $60)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines (1,500 cases produced) is a blend of 50% Grenache, a whopping 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah with the latter two components spending time in new oak barrels. All of the fruit comes from vines that are nearly 70 years of age. A great wine with an opaque ruby/purple color, sensational fruit intensity and notes of graphite, lavender, licorice, lead pencil shavings and subtle smoke, it is full-bodied, rich and powerful with low acidity and sweet, velvety tannins. It should drink well for 15+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of red and dark berry preserves and apricot pit and a spicy quality that gains strength with air. Very fresh, juicy raspberry and blackberry flavors gather depth and spiciness with aeration. Shows serious depth but there's excellent energy here as well. Finishes with very good lift and excellent clarity.
Dark and winey, with velvety layers of crushed plum, blueberry and anise supported by a strong graphite note and carrying through the long, spice- and violet-filled finish. Drink now through 2018.