Solid, generous, the Crozes Hermitage from the Cotes du Rhone area is my #1 choice. Great value!
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 92-95 points - "The 2009 Beaucastel exhibits an opaque purple colour as well as sweet aromas of camphor, truffles, black cherries, blackcurrants, liquorice, pepper and forest floor. The wine is full-bodied, rich, intense and powerful ... Because of the significant tannins, the 2009 requires 3-5 years of bottle age and should evolve for 25-30 years." 14.5% ABV
Oh my gosh! This is very, very expensive! On my bottle bucket list! 1998 Chateau d'Yquem!