Blind and immediately guessed rayas as the color and nose are dead giveaways. Light garnet color. Nose is amazing sandalwood and Grenache fruit. Shows a good dose of oak and medium toast. Gentle red fruit at the finish. Ahh...
Dee-stinct-tiv! I mean, this is Pignan at its best. The aromatics were a dead give away, and while we served this blind, no question about what it was just with the bouquet alone. Pepper, lots of pepper and spice. The fruit was plum skin, cherry and the beautiful balance of acidity that makes Pignan so good. My notes simply said at the end "a crusher of beauty". Just so good.
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!!!
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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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