For Chateauneuf du Pape, 1999 is generally not a vintage for keeping, and this bottle is showing its age. But I love it for its traditional Chateauneuf qualities.
Medium light brickish red. Lots of uplift on the nose--Cheracol, kirsch, leather. Has the crinkly traits of well grown and well aged Grenache. Lovely ripe flavors. Underneath are some dark-fruit Syrah black fruit flavors. There are some who would dismiss this wine as being overly mature. I am not among them. This is old fashioned Chateauneuf, at its mature best.