Philippine de Saint Cyrille Grande Réserve 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (GSM), $24.99-$29.99, 90+ points, poured a moderately deep maroon all the way up to the broad clear rim and leggy glass wall.
Chocolate, roses, blackberry and boysenberry aromas were very good.
Medium-plus body managed fair to fair-plus acidity, layered mild tannin, and flavors which mirrored the aromas with licorice notes.
The texture was very silky.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a good stony quality, an increased tannic presence with warm spices and a well integrated 14% alcohol.
Varietals were heavy-weighted Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre.
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