2010 Lafond Roc Epine Chateauneuf du Pape

SKU #1330363 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre that is aged partially in small barrels, the 2010 Domaine Lafond Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roc-Epine is a beauty! Displaying a deep, almost opaque purple color, it offers up creamy raspberry, melted licorice, spice-box, and sappy, freshly picked flower and lavender-like nuances on the nose. This leads to a full-bodied, beautifully textured and elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has superb concentration, solid freshness, and a chewy, rich finish. Give bottles 3-4 years in the cellar, and then drink over the following decade or more. (JebDunnuck.com)  (9/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 While the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Roc-Epine has closed down slightly, it remains a sexy Chateauneuf filled with sumptuous black currant, black cherry and raspberry flavors interwoven with garrigue, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Full-bodied with good acidity and precision, it is somewhat forward for a 2010, and should drink well over the next 10-15 years. (RP)  (10/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This delivers a delicious core of plum, boysenberry and blackberry fruit, studded with licorice, fruitcake and roasted fig notes. Offers the grip of the vintage, but not as dense as the top examples, so one for drinking now while you cellar the big boys. Drink now through 2022. 800 cases made. (JM)  (10/2012)

90 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Red berry compote and cherry pit on the pungent, spice-accented nose. Chewy and sharply focused, offering intense redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, spicy finish. This wine could use some time to unwind but shows very good promise. (JR) 90+  (1/2013)

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Rhone Blends



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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape