One of the vintage's most compelling efforts is Cristia's 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. It boasts a dense purple hue along with spectacular aromas of camphor, creosote, incense, blackberries, and caramelized cherries. Made from 100% old vine Grenache and aged in neutral small oak casks, this spectacularly rich wine exhibits a multilayered texture, fabulous density, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. It is an amazing, even prodigious Chateauneuf du Pape, but patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+.
Very fleshy and flamboyant, with well-rounded boysenberry confiture, fig paste and crushed currant flavors laced with fruitcake, red and black licorice and aged tobacco notes. The long finish has the dense grip of the vintage, with great drive as well. Grenache. Best from 2010 through 2030. (Web-2009)
Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed nose offers an exotic array of ripe dark berry preserve, incense and mineral scents. Flavors of cherry-vanilla and creme de framboise are deep, sweet and chewy, with the finish showing youthful tannic grip. Fans of restraint might not dig it but this is showing plenty of seductive charm today.
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