Holy cow! How to rate this? First describe it... Deep sweet blackberry and cherry nose with a hint of mint freshness and some Bordeaux like elements. Amazingly well balanced palate. Acidity, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol all perfectly together. Sweet and fruity with depth and layered. Amazing finish which never seems to end. Exeptional wine. One of the best I have ever tasted, absolutely sublime! And therefore a well deserved 99 points.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley, France) Clos des Papes is a traditional estate that has been producing wine in the region for more than 200 years. Although proprietor Paul Avril died this year, his son Vincent carries on his legacy. Refusing to create a special cuvée, as many of their competitors in the region have done, the Avrils produce a delicious Grenache-based wine aged in large wood foudres. The 2007, from a forward, ripe, and rich vintage, is full-bodied, with kirsch, licorice, and blackberry flavors; a lush, supple texture; and a long, balanced finish. Sommelier's Choice: Top Releases of 2009
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