The deep ruby/purple-colored, fruity, rich 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers plenty of jammy kirsch notes intermixed with sandy, loamy soil, fruitcake and spice box notes. Enjoy this fleshy, front end-loaded 2011 over the next 7-8 years.
"Tasted out of barrel, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is also a super effort in the vintage. Coming from a different terroir in 2011 (not La Crau), it offers up plenty of dusty soil, ground pepper and leather that’s grounded by a solid core of darker berry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful mid-palate density and depth, this pure, very well put-together 2011 will have upward of 8-10 years of longevity. Drink 2014-2021.
The Wine Advocate