Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2005

$95

...this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Wine Spectator

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Ratings on Delectable

Jason Li Delectable Pro

Very nice and juicy. Ready to drink after 3 hours of decant

Very nice and juicy. Ready to drink after 3 hours of decant

9.1

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

Rich and concentrated showing excellent depth and complexity along with mid-palate intensity. A superb vintage for Beaucastel and CDP. Kirsch cherries, black raspberry liquor, damp earth, red flowers and balanced acidity. Finishes with excellent length while tannins continue to retain grip and firmness. Lots of life left but drinking beautifully now. 90 min decant minimum. I’d say similar to 95 and 98 for them in terms of structure and age-ability.

Rich and concentrated showing excellent depth and complexity along with mid-palate intensity. A superb vintage for Beaucastel and CDP. Kirsch cherries, black raspberry liquor, damp earth, red flowers and balanced acidity. Finishes with excellent length while tannins continue to retain grip and firmness. Lots of life left but drinking beautifully now. 90 min decant minimum. I’d say similar to 95 and 98 for them in terms of structure and age-ability.

9.4

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Plummy Grenache with leather and tobacco. Very balanced with good depth and clarity. Long and good.

Plummy Grenache with leather and tobacco. Very balanced with good depth and clarity. Long and good.

9.2

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Wish I had a chance to get more of this, with less surrounding bottles and in a better state of sobriety. Lots of that garrigue, smoked bbq and all spice thing.

Wish I had a chance to get more of this, with less surrounding bottles and in a better state of sobriety. Lots of that garrigue, smoked bbq and all spice thing.

9.2

Roel van der Burg Delectable Pro

Sommelier at Restaurant Entrepot

Smooth operator with herbs and spices as wingmen

Smooth operator with herbs and spices as wingmen

9.6

Sam Coturri Delectable Pro

Winery Sixteen 600, Enterprise Vineyards and the Moon Mountain District

Like caramel dipped cherries, thick and grippy. A ten y/o baby. So much Mourvèdre power and big tannins. Fun to drink but could still use more time

Like caramel dipped cherries, thick and grippy. A ten y/o baby. So much Mourvèdre power and big tannins. Fun to drink but could still use more time

9.3

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

2005 vintage. Ripe and caressing yet showing positive restraint with still present and youthfully unresolved tannins. Ripe and nearly mature dark berries add baldness and balance on the smokey, mineral-driven and concentrating finish. In a great spot right now.

2005 vintage. Ripe and caressing yet showing positive restraint with still present and youthfully unresolved tannins. Ripe and nearly mature dark berries add baldness and balance on the smokey, mineral-driven and concentrating finish. In a great spot right now.

9.4

Charles Gibbs Delectable Pro

Sitting at the adult table.

Sitting at the adult table.

9.9

Zac Melendrez Delectable Pro

A bit surprised by the bretty characteristic. Funk is a good word.

A bit surprised by the bretty characteristic. Funk is a good word.

9.5

Darren Delmore Delectable Pro

Coravin action from magnum...

Coravin action from magnum...

9.6

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