Type: Red Wine Volume: 1500ml
Country: France Region: Southern Rhone
Ratings and Tasting Notes:(WA=99) There are nearly 300 cases of the nectar that is the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure. Produced from 100+-year-old Grenache vines grown in sandy soils, simply put, it's just awesome juice. A kaleidoscope of red fruits¡Xcherries, raspberries and strawberries¡Xswirl languorously across the palate, boasting great intensity while seeming weightless at the same time. Hints of dried herbs and spices add complexity to this luscious concoction, which must be tasted to be believed. Silky and endless, and showing no alcoholic heat on the finish, it's the poster child for great Grenache. Am I being too conservative at 99 points? (AG=96) Deep ruby. An impressively complex, hugely perfumed bouquet evokes raspberry and cherry preserves, incense and exotic spices, and a nervy blood orange quality add energetic lift. Stains the palate with sappy, alluringly sweet red and blue fruit liqueur flavors that are complemented by suave lavender and allspice notes. Shows superb energy and spicy thrust on a remarkably long, floral-dominated finish, which is framed by smooth, fine-grained tannins. This wine stands out in a vintage that's hardly short of superb bottlings. (WS=96) Features an intriguing mix of lush and grippy aspects, with a large core of steeped plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit showing a caressing side, while light charcoal, tar and licorice root accents add a contrasting textural element. Shows a subtle roasted apple wood backdrop on the finish. Nicely put together. Best from 2022 through 2040.