Château Rayas Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2005

9.530 ratings on Delectable
$759

I could not resist retasting the 2005 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape...the 2005 is clearly the greatest wine made at this estate since the 1995. Made from 100% Grenache, it boasts an unusually (for Rayas) dark ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an exceptionally sweet bouquet of black cherry jam, truffles, incense, licorice, and raspberries. Full-bodied with a stunningly rich, concentrated mouthfeel, an explosive mid-palate, and a finish that lasts more than a minute, it is a wine of superb power and intensity admirably displaying the terroir's hallmark delicacy and ethereal nature. This utterly profound Chateauneuf du Pape should drink beautifully for 25+ years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Jason Chang Delectable Pro

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

Un-be-lievable!! Had the 08 for thanksgiving. This is light years beyond it. France doing what it does best contrasting with Napa Grenache: nice integrated red (not blue) fruit with some kick on the back end. Somehow hitting beautiful secondary notes (and maybe tertiary?) at a young age. Feels like it could age forever. Need to get another to try in 10 years. This and Henri Bonneau are my two fav Grenache, if you haven't tried check them out!

Un-be-lievable!! Had the 08 for thanksgiving. This is light years beyond it. France doing what it does best contrasting with Napa Grenache: nice integrated red (not blue) fruit with some kick on the back end. Somehow hitting beautiful secondary notes (and maybe tertiary?) at a young age. Feels like it could age forever. Need to get another to try in 10 years. This and Henri Bonneau are my two fav Grenache, if you haven't tried check them out!

9.8

Craig Haserot Delectable Pro

Founder and Proprietor Sojourn Cellars

Outside liar. Killer.

Outside liar. Killer.

9.6

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Beautiful, classic Rayas. Excellent brush and underbrush. Wonderful Grenache spiciness.

Beautiful, classic Rayas. Excellent brush and underbrush. Wonderful Grenache spiciness.

9.4

Col McBryde Delectable Pro

Winemaker Some Young Punks Wines

Blanc

Blanc

9.2

Stems & Skins Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Beverage Manager Husk Restaurant

These wines are truly unique expressions of grenache. Power and nuance. Over the top

These wines are truly unique expressions of grenache. Power and nuance. Over the top

9.4

Logan Griffin Delectable Pro

Sommelier Blackberry Farm

Masculine and powerful. Black fruit spice and organic

Masculine and powerful. Black fruit spice and organic

9.8

Dale Cruse Delectable Pro

2005 Chateau Rayas

2005 Chateau Rayas

9.5

Julia Weinberg Delectable Pro

Great Wines of the Rhone dinner

Great Wines of the Rhone dinner

9.2

Nathaniel DiMaggio Delectable Pro

A touch corky.

A touch corky.

Colin Nuckolls

I just want more! So good. Incredible expression of Grenache. I want the 07 and 10 now

I just want more! So good. Incredible expression of Grenache. I want the 07 and 10 now

9.5