Wine Spectator 91 points - A blast of toasted spice leads the way for a core of linzer torte, plum sauce and dark cherry preserves. The solid, juicy finish lets a red licorice note extend through it, with nice underlying grip. Drink now through 2021. 2,350 cases imported.-JM
(Feb 28 2013)
Vinous 92 points - Vivid ruby. Intense, heady aromas of candied red fruits, lavender and Asian spices. Rich and broad but energetic, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and an exotic floral pastille nuance. Closes on a lively, spicy note, with excellent clarity, power and persistence. This wine unfolds slowly and positively with aeration, suggesting that patience will be rewarded here.
92+ Points (Jan 2013)
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2010 La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits the rare combination of unbridled power and freshness, minerality and abundant aromatics. A well-made, delicious red, with blueberry, boysenberry, black raspberry fruit, some background wood smoke, and the tell-tale Provencal garrigue, pepper and loamy soil notes, it is a wine of finesse, power and richness that should drink nicely for 10 to 15+ years. (Oct 2012)