Medium red core. Like one other bottle, a transient whiff of surmaturite, but once that passed, kaleidoscopic cherry, raspberry, blood orange and cinnamon spice. Gorgeous, light, elegant feel. All of those juicy fruits complemented by the spice, soil, and a light dusting of green herbs framed by wonderful acidity and little remaining tannin to speak of. Absolutely wonderful and so singular in the universe of Chateauneuf. I'd say drink now and over the next 3-4 years for maximal enjoyment. Based upon this bottle, I am really curious about the Rayas' state of maturity at this point.
A round and delicious wine, as is usually the case from Rayas. The bouquet exploded from the glass and on the palate was full-bodied with great balance, ripe fruit and soft tannins. The wine was stunningly and with great length and elegance.
Excellent... more complexity and less fruit than previous bottle. Other than that, consistent with previous notes. Feel like this is peaking and maybe the future is flat or down hill from here. Incredible NOW!!!
Pignan-2005 and 2006 Side by Side (Contigo, San Francisco): Medium ruby. Fantastic raspberry fruit and a thread of soil that I haven't noticed before. Gloriously pure, succulent red fruit in a light weight package with some residual tannin and just a hint of herbs. Intoxicating and absolutely delicious. Unique in its Burgundian delivery of flavor without weight, and the utter beauty and unwavering focus of the fruit. Gorgeous now, good for another 3-5 years, but I would definitely not miss out out on that fruit. The finest Chateauneuf I've had in quite some time.
Ruby. An overripe, figgy aspect was present at first but then peeled back to reveal the more typical, succulent raspberry fruit of the property. That said, larger scaled than I expected. Some herbs, lowish tannins. This bottle really came across as a warm vintage wine and lacked the delicacy that I value so much in Pignan. A good mouthful, no doubt, just not as much to differentiate it as usual from other big, ripe Chateauneufs.
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(Pignan Chateaneuf-du-Pape Rouge) This had the ripest nose so far. Rich and full-on cherried with unreal delineation on the palate. Like a laser. So pure and so fresh with so much focus. How could the Rayas Grand Vin be?
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