92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers an ample core of dark fig and kirsch fruit, with toasted vanilla, charcoal, graphite and melted black licorice notes. Long and grippy through the finish, this needs a little time to come together fully. Best from 2009 through 2023." (11/08) 91 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve exhibits beautiful sweet black cherry fruit, a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel, and a layered texture. Consume it over the next 12-15 years." (10/08) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Musky redcurrant and wild strawberry aromas are complicated by garrigue, anise and minerals. Fleshy, open-knit red berry flavors are energized by gentle mineral and white pepper qualities. Gains sweetness on the finish, along with fine-grained tannins. Give this youthful wine at least a few years in the cellar." (Jan/Feb 2009) 15% abv.
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