Vivid ruby. Dark berry and floral scents show very good clarity and spicy lift. Offers gently sweet black and blue fruit flavors that spread out with air, picking up subtle anise and sassafras nuances and a hint of white pepper. Lingers with very good energy and spiciness and gentle tannic grip. This should be very drinkable in a couple of years, or even now if you give it some aeration.
A gorgeous base cuvee, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature checks in as a blend of 65% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault that's aged all in tank and larger foudre. Dishing out loads of black cherry, toasted spice, red licorice and underbrush, this medium to full-bodied beauty is seamless, silky and refined on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin. Already superb, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully on its balance and harmony. Drink now-2021.
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Lively, with lots of spice and licorice notes bouncing around amid the raspberry, loganberry and blackberry fruit flavors. A singed apple wood note studs the finish, imparting some grip.