2. Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape Syrah Grenache Mourvedre Cinsault Rhone Chateauneuf du Pape (2005)
Average price: $51.36 from 3 stores
Gorgeous. So silky, deep, luscious and seductive, like drinking the equivalent of Barry White's voice. I like this more than other much more expensive wines in this category. The varietals all lend their own characteristics, but the flavors are very harmonious. Dark fruits are the most forward, but well balanced with acidity, earth and spice. It's definitely ready to drink now. Will probably be great for a few years, but don't let it go over the hill!