The 2008 Chateauneuf-du-Pape looks like the 2007, but with more freshness and less weight. This vintage has aromas of gingerbread, alcohol cherries and raisins. There is richness and intensity in this wine.
Blend: 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 3% Clairett
"In contrast, I thought the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape was one of the more noteworthy successes of the vintage. Made from the same blend and from the same Chateauneuf du Pape sectors, it exhibits a dark ruby color along with sweet aromas of berries, roasted herbs, loamy soil and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied as well as surprisingly rich and concentrated for a 2008, it should drink nicely for 7-8 years."
The Wine Advocate