Taut and reserved for now, with red plum and red currant notes held back by sinewy tannins and a racy minerality. Has solid length, and the flesh should fill out with cellaring. Best from 2008 through 2022.
Bright red. Strikingly fresh aromas of vibrant strawberry and cherry, gaining depth and ripeness with air. The darker fruits continue onto the palate, which is brightened by a spicy blood orange quality. Finishes with excellent snap and drive, especially for a 'basic' bottling. This has gained richness since last year but not at the expense of vivacity.
Even though the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition needs 3-4 years of bottle age, this wine (aged 80% in foudres and 20% in tank and made from a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah Mourvedre, and Cinsault) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and a big, sweet nose of tree bark, blackberry, raspberry, and cherry with licorice, damp earth, and a hint of Provencal herbs. The wine is long, full-bodied, but still tannic and closed. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.
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