Châteauneuf-du-Pape Weathers the Challenges and Changes (Oct 2021)

Deep, lurid violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes mineral- and spice-accented red/blue fruit liqueur, incense and floral oils, along with hints of cola and woodsmoke in the background. Sappy boysenberry, black raspberry, candied lavender and exotic spice flavors show a superb blend of depth and energy and turn sweeter through the back half. The berry and floral notes drive a strikingly long, smooth finish framed by polished, even tannins.