FRENCH WINES

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2012

DESCRIPTION:Warm raspberry and boysenberry confiture aromas and flavors are dominant in this lush, inviting style, but there's plenty of dried star anise, bay leaf, licorice root, worn leather and roasted juniper notes to fill out the chorus. The finish turns youthfully grippy, with a tarry edge holding sway and adding serious length. Try now, but cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2030.

POINTS:WA-96, WS-95