Paul Avril Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2004

$77.95

The 2004 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out to be one of the finest wines of the vintage, tipping the scales at just over 15% alcohol and actually coming a few tenths of a degree within the 2003 and 2005 in terms of power and alcoholic degrees. The wine displays gorgeously sweet black raspberries, kirsch liqueur, and resiny, loamy soil notes. Medium to full-bodied, this blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and the rest some of the other red varietals that are permitted, is performing beautifully and is certainly one of the vintage's superstars. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich, and as accessible as the 2003, but slightly fresher and not as muscular and thick. Nevertheless, this is a top effort from the father and son team of Paul and Vincent Avril. This wine can be drunk now but can be cellared for 15-20 years. Robert Parker

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Bill Bender

'04 Clos Des Papes. Violet hues and muted but fresh nose. Gripping but refined tannins, roasted meat, herbs, pepper, spice box, dark brooding delicious fruit. Very fun wine.

'04 Clos Des Papes. Violet hues and muted but fresh nose. Gripping but refined tannins, roasted meat, herbs, pepper, spice box, dark brooding delicious fruit. Very fun wine.

9.4

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