Mouriesse Vinum "Pierre d’Ambre" 2012


93 WA - The Grenache-dominated (incorporates 10% Syrah) 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Pierre d’Ambre is also superb. Inky-colored, seriously polished and elegant, with fabulous, fine, silky tannin in its full-bodied profile, it offers blockbuster notes of crème de cassis, black raspberry, licorice and roasted-meat-like aromas and flavors. Coming from the Valori, Pied Redon and Croix de Bois terroirs (the Tour d’Ambre comes all from the Valori lieu-dit) and aged mostly in 2- to 4-year-old barrels, it’s a blockbuster Châteauneuf that will deliver the goods for 10-12 years.

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