Dark garnet color. Vibrant, complex nose with scents of spice (nutmeg, black pepper), leather and rich
red fruit. In the mouth, full-bodied with concentrated flavors, good tannins, and abundant fruitiness.
Can easily be kept 10 years or more.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Haute Pierre, a blend of 65% tank-aged Grenache and 35% barrel aged-Syrah, is drinking beautifully at present. Offering copious aromas of black cherry jam, cassis, licorice, forest floor, spring flowers and bouquet garni, this full-bodied, dark purple-colored wine will benefit from several more years of cellaring. It will last for 15+ years. (Oct 2012)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Offers the focused ripeness of the vintage, with a lightly steeped edge to the plum, red currant and raspberry fruit, while extra pastis, singed apple wood and red licorice notes fill in on the finish. Lovely perfumy spice notes drape over all of it, with cut and drive on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2025.—J.M. (Aug 14 2013)