"Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh red berries and flowers, in a style that's strongly reminiscent of a ripe-year Burgundy. Shows very good clarity and lift on the palate, with sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors sharpened by a jolt of blood orange. This supple, open-knit wine is firmed on the back by smooth tannins and should be delicious right out of the gate." Josh Raynolds 91-93 Points
"The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Classique (70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre) was raised mostly in concrete tanks, yet had 25% of the blend in three-year-old 600-liter demi-muids. Showing the cooler, non-sunny personality of the vintage, it gives up darker berry fruits, pepper and underbrush, and continues to sweeten up with time in the glass. This medium-bodied, elegant and pretty Châteauneuf du Pape is ideal for drinking over the coming 5-8 years.
Under the guidance of Isabel Ferrando, who burst onto the scene in 2003, Domaine Saint Prefert has leapt into the handful of top estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. While the style has shifted slightly since 2009 - when she started including more stems and I think pulling back a touch on ripeness - her wines still have sensational levels of fruit, beautiful purity and overflowing Provençal charm. Today, she is assisted by consultant Baptiste Olivier, who’s increasingly working with a number of top estates. I’ve included her Châteauneuf du Pape Colombis cuvée here as well, and this cuvee is released under the Isabel Ferrando label. It’s 100% Grenache and comes mostly from the sandy soils of the Colombis lieu-dit, which is located on the western edge of the appellation. Readers looking for the essence of Grenache shouldn’t miss this beauty." Robert Parker 89 Points