A beautifully crafted wine. Very balanced, powerful yet not over-empowering. Really opened up after an hour or so. Deep rich cherries, spices, notes of licorice, hints of petroleum on the nose, undertones of vanilla. As mentioned in other reviews, the aromas are a delight on their own. On the palate, deep dark cherries, hints of kirsch/almost Port-like flavors, beautiful tannins. A lively structure! Will get some more!
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Tasted On 12/28/2010
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee is a brilliant effort that ranks alongside the colossal 2003 Cuvee Reservee. A blend of approximately 85% Grenache, 8-9% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and other varietals from 50-100+ year old vines aged in foudre, it exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of beef blood, grilled herbs, barbecue smoke, lavender, sweet cassis and kirsch and a hint of Asian soy. The wine possesses a fabulous texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity and alcohol. Certainly the alcohol level is pushing 16% in this wine. With extraordinary texture and unctuosity, this remarkable effort should drink well for 20+ years yet be very appealing in its youth given the glycerin, velvety texture, and remarkable complexity