2001 Domaine de la Solitude "La Réserve Secrète" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $145)

SKU #1038383 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Absolutely prodigious, and unquestionably one of the vintage’s most illustrious wines, is the modern-styled 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve Secrete. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, aged 75% in small oak casks and 25% in tank, an awesome nose of creme de cassis, graphite, kirsch, licorice, and vanilla soars from the glass of this saturated ruby/purple-colored wine. With extravagant richness, a sumptuous texture, and tremendous opulence as well as purity, this stunning, modern-styled Chateauneuf du Pape retains the soul and typicity of Provence as well as Chateauneuf du Pape. One of the vintage’s greatest wines, it is a brilliant achievement. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.  (2/2004)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This has a distinctly roasted feel, as braised fig and blackberry notes are laced with plum compote and hoisin sauce notes. But this stays fleshy and broad, with a velvety feel thanks to the well-integrated grip. The long fruitcake-, toasted spice- and briar-filled finish has ample depth, too. Still not fully at its peak, but approachable. (Web, 2012)

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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5