2007 Château Fortia "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Sexy, pinot-like bouquet of red berries, minerals and fresh flowers, with suave undertones of herbs and game. Smooth and gently sweet, with palate-caressing raspberry and cherry flavors and no obvious tannins. Finishes clean, energetic and long. This will be very attractive when it's released." (Jan/Feb '09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and very silky, with crème de cassis, black cherry and raspberry ganache notes that stretch all the way through the fine-grained finish. There's lots of spice, melted licorice and buried minerality as well. Drink now through 2023." (10/09) 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. Medium-plus intensity. Similarly structured to the Cuvee de Baron, although showing more raspberry, cherry and red fruit notes presently.More spicebox qualitites, along with very balanced structure between rich fruit, acidity and ripe tannins. A bit more open now than the Baron. Chateau Fortia has sealed its reputation as one of the most influential estates in the history of French wine as well as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Mulan Chan, K&L Wine Merchants) 14.5% abv.