2018 Domaine de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 'Sainte Pierres de Nalys' Rouge, Rhone, France (750ml)
Deep, dark and profound red. An elegant nose, open with notes of red fruits. The palate is ample and supple, with tannins keeping a lovely frame. Overall, a rich wine, balanced between richness and freshness.
TASTING NOTES: Matured primarily in stainless steel, this fresh-fruited red is packed with summer-sweet blackberry and plum goodness edged by salty, smoky minerality. A Grenache-dominant blend sourced from each of de Nalys' three plots, it's an immediate and hedonistic yet soulful wine best enjoyed now to 2026
- Wine Enthusiast, 94 pts.
A silky yet rich and persistent offering, with leading red tea notes, mulled cherry and raspberry fruit at the core and a long, subtle mineral edge curling around the perfumed finish. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2032. - Wine Spectator, 93 pts.
Aromas of blackberry, gravel, fresh mint and plum. Medium-bodied with lovely juicy fruit. Silky tannins. A bit smoky but with fresh black fruit and berries. Earthy, but the fruit is very transparent and clear. 69% grenache, 20% syrah, 5% cinsault, 4% muscardin, 1% counoise, 1% mourvedre. Drink now.
-James Suckling, 93 pts.
Yields at Nalys were down by 60%, but the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Saintes Pierres is a solid effort, offering up slightly herbal and strawberry notes on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it's on the crisp side but fruit-forward and relatively supple. Drink it over the next decade.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91 pts.
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