Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 2007

$699

I had previously written that I thought the 2005 was the greatest Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape made after 1995, but I think the 2007 may eclipse it. Perhaps it is a stylistic thing as the 2005 is a sturdier, more masculine style, and the 2007 is an opulent, voluptuous wine that is more reminiscent of the 1990, while the 2005 is similar to the 1995. The 2007 possesses a dark ruby color, silky tannins, sweet fruit, and enormous quantities of kirsch, licorice, black raspberries, and incense notes. Even though I tasted it shortly after bottling, it was exceptionally dense and pure. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032+. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Chris Langstaff

Deep, heavy red fruity nose. Peppery and Little musty. Big fruit but not overwhelming. Acidity softens after having been open for an hour. A big beautiful wine!

Deep, heavy red fruity nose. Peppery and Little musty. Big fruit but not overwhelming. Acidity softens after having been open for an hour. A big beautiful wine!

9.5