2006 Château des Tours Vacqueyras (Previously $60)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of candied red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, along with a subtle smoky topnote. Juicy, focused and pure, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors that show surprising depth. This lithe wine packs a serious punch and finishes with gentle tannins and lingering sweetness.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mature and slightly evolved, yet with plenty of life left, the 2006 Vacqueyras offers up a complex profile of sweet strawberries, garrigue, forest floor and truffle to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and seamless palate. Drinking beautifully, with a classy feel, it should continue to deliver the goods for another 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. (JD)
Chateau des Tours is a Côtes du Rhône property managed by Emmanuel Reynaud, who also manages Chateau Rayas and Chateau de Fonsalette. The wines are produces from vines on the 40-acre estate from Grenache.