This energetic red offers a big ball of kirsch wound tightly with licorice, graphite and raspberry coulis notes. Shows lots of bright spice accents through the finish, which is carried by finely beaded acidity. Offers serious latent grip. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,740 cases made.
94 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct 2017)
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a great effort that should be reasonably available. Produced from vines under 30 years old, it's a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah. There's a tinge of chocolate to the raspberry and licorice flavors but also hints of orange zest, cinnamon and clove. It's full-bodied and lush, with a long finish. There's no need to defer gratification, but it should drink well for at least a decade.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)
Moving to the 2015s, these all showed elegant, lively profiles and will age gracefully. Ferrando's base cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it's a blend of 85% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre, raised all in tank. Kirsch, framboise, dried flowers and spice all emerge from this classic, charming, impeccably balanced beauty. It shows the house style in its perfume and elegance, yet has terrific fruit intensity as well. It's a no-brainer purchase.
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2017)