96 - Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard Rouge 2005
This lush beauty really tames the rugged structure of the vintage, offering gorgeous boysenberry and raspberry confiture layered with mocha, Tukish coffe, licorice and fig paste notes.
The long finish has great grip,though it’s remarkably well-embedded, allowing the exotic spice notes to linger beautifully. Best from 2010 through 2030. 50 cases imported.
92 - Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine de Beaurenard Rouge 2005
This has lots of juicy grip, with a strong, biary undertow supporting red and black licorice, hot stone currant paste, tobacco and chestnut notes. The long, muscular finish is typical of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2025. 100 cases imported.
90 - Côtes du Rhône Village Rasteau « Cuvée Les Argiles Bleues » Rouge 2005
Offers a delicious mix of raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry fruit, all layered with sweet spice, incense and mineral notes. Almost flashy, but this is kept honest by the racy, graphite-tinged finish. Drink now through 2010.100 cases imported.
89 - Côtes du Rhône Village Rasteau Rouge 2005
Toasty, with a slightly firm layer of cocoa powder driving black currant, fig and loam notes. The long, smoky finish is slightly chewy but has good drive. Drink now trough 2009. 150 cases imported.
87 - Côtes du Rhône 2006
An open-knit, elegant style, with notes of raisin, plum, sandallwood and licorice root supported by tannins that are ample but round and supple.Drink now. 200 cases imported.