Château Rayas Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2008

$965

...Medium ruby, with a classic nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with Provencal herbs, sandy, loamy soil notes, some licorice and steak tartare, this wine is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, round, generous, and surprisingly seductive and luscious... This is a sensational effort and one of the finest wines of the vintage... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

My friend graciously shared the 2008 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape which was a rare treat that is truly one of the wines of the vintage. The intoxicating bouquet of rose petals, Provencale herbs, sweet pipe tobacco and pretty red fruits bring you back to the glass for more aromatic delight. The texture of the wine borders ethereal as the Grenache effortlessly dances across the mid-palate. Bright guava and Yakima cherry flavors combine with damp earthy tones, minerals and a marvelous salinity that runs through the core of the wine. The exceedingly long finish lingers. While marvelous now, the 2008 Rayas will have a long life ahead of it in the cellar. Drink 2020-2038- 96

My friend graciously shared the 2008 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape which was a rare treat that is truly one of the wines of the vintage. The intoxicating bouquet of rose petals, Provencale herbs, sweet pipe tobacco and pretty red fruits bring you back to the glass for more aromatic delight. The texture of the wine borders ethereal as the Grenache effortlessly dances across the mid-palate. Bright guava and Yakima cherry flavors combine with damp earthy tones, minerals and a marvelous salinity that runs through the core of the wine. The exceedingly long finish lingers. While marvelous now, the 2008 Rayas will have a long life ahead of it in the cellar. Drink 2020-2038- 96

9.6

Jake Hajer Delectable Pro

WOW! Gorgeous wine. Medium-light bodied, light tannins, but so layered and so much fruit. Somehow the intense fruit doesn’t unbalance a subtle spice and a hint of green. Shockingly good.

WOW! Gorgeous wine. Medium-light bodied, light tannins, but so layered and so much fruit. Somehow the intense fruit doesn’t unbalance a subtle spice and a hint of green. Shockingly good.

9.5

Gilbert Van Hassel Delectable Pro

The wine is old. If you have some left drink ASAP . Ruby port color, oxidative nose, drinkable but way past prime.

The wine is old. If you have some left drink ASAP . Ruby port color, oxidative nose, drinkable but way past prime.

8.8

Gilbert Van Hassel Delectable Pro

Between 2007 and 2009. Une verite de la palice but with great significance in the wine world. Light year, very feminine wine, very evolved, reduction in nose needs to be drunk now.

Between 2007 and 2009. Une verite de la palice but with great significance in the wine world. Light year, very feminine wine, very evolved, reduction in nose needs to be drunk now.

9.1

Will Costello MS Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier, Wine Director Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

All the stems but such a pure ripe red fruit on the palate. I want to bathe in this forever.

All the stems but such a pure ripe red fruit on the palate. I want to bathe in this forever.

9.7

Ken Swegles Delectable Pro

Very nice!

Very nice!

9.4

Vino Kaela Delectable Pro

A superb wine. Rich layers of spicy melon and red fruit with wild flowers. A nice undertone of organic earthiness rounds out the bouquet. The palate is rich and giving with a long finish. #Rhone

A superb wine. Rich layers of spicy melon and red fruit with wild flowers. A nice undertone of organic earthiness rounds out the bouquet. The palate is rich and giving with a long finish. #Rhone

9.4

MICHAEL COOPER Delectable Pro

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

Honestly one of the first #chateauneuf that has given me a #wow factor. Elegance, depth and aging well. 2008 Rayas

Honestly one of the first #chateauneuf that has given me a #wow factor. Elegance, depth and aging well. 2008 Rayas

9.4

Doug Banks Delectable Pro

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9.6

Timothy Eustis Delectable Pro

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

I am lucky to have this. There's a candy element, not sweet, not shallow, but something I'd like to have daily. Please. #sogood

I am lucky to have this. There's a candy element, not sweet, not shallow, but something I'd like to have daily. Please. #sogood

9.7

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