91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the 2018s from bottle and based on 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah brought up mostly in tank, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a classic bouquet of black cherries, black licorice, spice, and a touch of Provençal garrigue. It’s medium to full-bodied, has a beautiful texture, the upfront, front end-loaded style of the vintage, and should be drunk in the first decade of life or so.
91 points WINE CELLAR INSIDER
Deep in color, the wine is sweet, fruity, fresh, spicy and long. The cherries and black respberry are fresh, vivacious and feel great on the palate, with a nice peppery kick in the endnote.
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cristia's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape boasts scents of cola, garrigue, raspberries and black cherries. Mainly tank-aged Grenache, with small amounts of barrel-aged Mourvèdre and Syrah, it's medium to full-bodied, moderately concentrated and dusted with ripe tannins. The house style is one of sandy-soil elegance, and that's reflected in this entry-level cuvée, which finishes long and silky.
Vinous Reverie Notes
Deep red-cherry color. The nose is harmonious mixing floral and fruit aromas with a touch of licorice. The attack is balanced and lively, the tannins powerful and ripe. Long intense fruit and aromatic finish.