Opaque ruby. Penetrating dark berry and floral scents, with potent notes of incense, lavender, cola and smoky minerals. Lush, palate-staining cherry and blueberry flavors are enlivened by tangy minerality and pick up a floral nuance with air. The mineral element brightens a sweet, silky and impressively persistent finish. Very sexy wine, with plenty of upfront appeal but with the concentration to age.
The blockbuster 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan Vieilles Vignes is a great buy in the marketplace as prices for this estate have not yet gone through the roof as they have for other old vine cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape. Nearly as good as the 2007, the 2010 exhibits copious quantities of black raspberries, black cherries, forest floor, licorice, pepper and bouquet garni. Terrific structure, a full-bodied mouthfeel and good freshness and liveliness make for a fabulous wine to enjoy over the next 15+ years.
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