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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1. Orin Swift Prisoner Black Muscat United States California Napa Valley (2010)

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Average price: $111.99 from 165 stores
Sweet and dusty on the nose, this shows aromas of tight red fruits flecked with mineral and allspice notes. On entry the texture is quite silky with black cherry fruit that is threaded with a contrasting medicinal edge. There is lovely purity and aromatic fruit, violet and sweet spice notes that are wrapped up in a restrained, slightly chewy package. The finish is long and pure, exhibiting excellent tension and focus in the mouth and right through the end. A bit reticent today but really very fine. 94pts
 
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  • 541617CarlJBonura Domaine Durieu make a beautiful Chateauneuf du Pape that fills the mouth and is excellently priced at list of $40 but which can be found for under $30. I think it is an excellent buy.


  • 253137hugh27 I could not disagree more- the wines chosen with the exception of Beaucastel are always poorer performers to some of the lesser lights- just because they have the name does not mean they have the quality- For Vacqueyras there is non better than Domaine de Monardiere and Gigondas Les Goubert- but for Chateauneuf the top available stars are Clos deu Caillou, Grand Tinel, & Bosquet des Papes, sadly the best but almost impossible to find -Domaine de Marcooux- 100 points, Roger Sabon, 99 pts and Laurent Charvin, 99 pts. also give a look at Olivier Hillaire


  • 1098305Tom Wandeloski I was able to taste and review the 2009 vintage recently. It was very good. Fruit notes of plum and fig with a hint of cocoa and tobacco. It has a long finish on the palette with mid-acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2019-2024).



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