The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better than it did last year. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of boysenberry, blackberry, and a hint of kirsch, with some loamy soil notes, ground pepper, and some incense and camphor. Ripe, full-bodied, with moderate tannins and a gorgeous, layered mouthfeel, this is a beauty that will be at its best in 1-3 years and last for up to 15.
This is broad-shouldered, with lots of dark olive, fig, currant and beef flavors supported by tarry tannins that show excellent drive through the finish, where extra raspberry and graphite notes linger. Drink now through 2020. (JM)
Ruby-red. Fresh cherry and blackcurrant aromas perked up by suggestions of five-spice powder and anise. Fleshy and sweet, with good depth to the dark fruit flavors. The long, spicy finish features supple tannins. I suspect that this fruit-driven wine will drink well young.
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