Vivid ruby. Fresh raspberry, cherry and potpourri aromas are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Fleshy, broad and seamless, offering juicy red fruit flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Shows very good depth, breadth and power on the clinging finish, with a hint of garrigue coming on late.
"A racy-edged version, with briary grip carrying the red currant paste, pomegranate, singed alder and warm tobacco leaf notes. Savory and lavender hints line the finish. Drink now through 2022."
WINE SPECTATOR 90
"More serious than the Premices, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Tradition has additional structure and depth, with classic red and black fruits, leather, bouquet garni and spice aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and layered, it has the house purity and texture while staying firmly grounded in the Southern Rhône."
WINE ADVOCATE 91
"Bright ruby-red. Highly perfumed scents of candied red fruit, potpourri and incense. Smooth and open-knit, offering intense black raspberry and cola flavors that become sweeter with air. Closes very long and spicy, with excellent clarity and fine-grained, harmonious tannins."