The 2012 Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape is deep ruby in color, with purple hues, rolling out to a garnet-orange rim. A sumptuous assemblage of mostly old-vine Grenache is rounded out by a rich core of Mourvèdre and Syrah. Enticing aromas featuring a mix of ultra-ripe dark red fruit, Bing cherry, and black olive, tinged with dried rose petals and cherry blossoms. Velvety and plush on entry, a rich display of crushed-red-fruit preserves, candied plum, and dried strawberries washes over the palate, finishing long, with firm tannic backbone buttressed by fresh and vibrant acidity. Drink now-2035.