"Bright red -purple hue, the varities are welded together, Plum, raspberry with more pronounced fruit and spicy oak flavors."
"92 Pts. WS. Nicely packed with fig, plum and currant fruit, all pushed by dark coffee and graphite notes on the rich finish. This has really solid drive and purity, with more grip than most in this vintage. Equal parts Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2028."
"93 pts WS This has a sappy feel, with lots of kirsch, cherries jubilee and red licorice notes running together, while fruitcake, raspberry pate and Campari accents fill the sleek finish. Best from 2015 through 2025."
"94 Wine Spectator Very showy, with exuberant plum eau de vie, mint and toasty spice aromas giving way to dense but silky-textured raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors at the core, followed by a?a? and loganberry fruit on the finish. Shows lots of range and length, with racy underlying acidity. Best from 2014 through 2030."
"96 Robert Parker Deep ruby/purple in color, the wine exhibits very up-front, precocious, sexy plum, black currant, and sweet cherry notes intermixed with some floral hints, licorice, and garrigue. It is dense, full-bodied. It is a brilliant, full-throttle, seamless Chateauneuf du Pape capable of lasting for up to two decades, although few people will be able to resist its exuberant youthfulness."
"90 Points- Wine Advocate. Very rich and with a wonderful creamy texture, the wine is based on a tight and refined tannic structure and develops, with a lot of energy, a palette of black fruits and fine spices. One of the great wines of the vintage!"
"This CDR shows soft structure with black and blue fruit. Blackberry, blueberry and lavender are intermixed with the tell tale kirsch component that comes from ripe Grenache. This offering displays soft, silky tannin but with definition."
"91 Points- Wine Spectator. Subtle yet complex aromas are rich and intriguing, and the flavors carry through on the palate, with notes of spice, ripe cherry and raisin, cedar and wild herb. Well defined, showing good intensity in a classic regional style."
"93 Points- Kahn's Staff. Dark ruby with light edges. Medium intensity with aromas of small stone fruits and delicately spicy hints of pepper, thyme and garrigue (bush land). Smooth, warming and elegant. Its aromas recall wild red fruits, dark cherries, forest floor and liquorice. The tannins are soft yet precise."
"91-92 Points- Vinous. Intense dark berry and cherry compote aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Palate-caressing black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up peppery spice and lavendar qualities on the back half. Rich yet lively, showing no excess fat. The juicy, focused finish is given shape by silky, harmonious tannins and leaves behind a gently sweet dark berry note."