2008 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A wine I've had numerous times, the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape has a Burgundian feel in its black cherry, forest floor, pepper and underbrush-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, elegant and seamless, it's a delicious, certainly outstanding wine to drink over the coming 3-5 years. Put this in a blind tasting with top-notch Burgundies and shock your friends. (JD)
Bright crimson. Very light nose. Lots of juice and attack on the palate though. This seems to have been made with reasonably ripe grapes! Just needs a little time for the tannins to subside but it should make a fragrant, relatively light Châteauneuf eventually.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Red and dark berries on the nose and in the mouth, with notes of smoke and herbs adding complexity. Sappy and spicy, augmented by good finishing clarity and excellent persistence, leaving floral and spice notes behind. This is already drinking well. (JR)