This delivers stunningly pure fruit, with silky layers of raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry coulis that cascade over each other, backed by subtle dried anise and warm ganache notes. Very concentrated but not hefty, this sails through the finish, with a perfectly embedded graphite spine and a long echo of lavender. Best from 2018 through 2032. From France.—J.M.
95 points: M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2012
This is dreamy, with stunning raspberry pâte de fruit and boysenberry confiture notes that glide effortlessly, while very silky tannins ride underneath. Shiso leaf, pastis, lavender and warm stone accents fill in on the finish, with a deeply buried graphite hint. This should really stretch out with time, as the acidity is racy and mouthwatering. Best from 2018 through 2030.—J.M.
93 points: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Pyrenees L-Block 2011
Distinctly peppery, with a strong mineral streak running through the dark berry flavors, gliding into a long and expressive finish. Has depth and distinction. Drink now through 2021.—H.S.