88. Bottled in January (the other cuvées were bottled in July), the 2014 Télégramme Châteauneuf du Pape is a terrific introduction into the style of the estate, and in the past where it was a more fruit-forward, easy wine, today it has more elegance, purity and longevity. Black cherries, hints of raspberries and crushed rocks all emerge from this juicy, medium-bodied effort that will keep nicely for 4-6 years.
90 – $46 : Brilliant red. A lively, spice-tinged nose displays zesty red berry and floral scents, along with hints of succulent herbs and white pepper. Taut red currant and strawberry flavors open up and deepen slowly with air, showing very good clarity and picking up a sweet lavender pastille quality. Shows appealing finesse and nerve, with no rough edges, and finishes on a resonating floral note with sneaky, harmonious tannins.