2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Rhone, Wine Review
Great showing for this bottle at age 17. Purple in color with some ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with plums, black raspberries, worn leather, slight dried floral note and spice. Full bodied. Tannins mostly resolved. On the palate, this is deep and complex. Flavors of plums, raspberries with some spice. This bottle is clean with just a bare touch of funk. Nice finish. Seemingly at peak, these bottles probably should be consumed in the next five to seven years. Great on its own, this works better with food. Chili or beef stew would be a nice match.