Vinous 90 points - Vivid ruby. Pungent, energetic aromas of raspberry and cherry pit are accented by exotic star anise and flowers. On the palate, flavors of ripe red and dark berries and candied flowers are complemented by a touch of smokiness on the back half. Finishes smooth and long, the cherry and smoke notes echoing.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Haute Pierre, a blend of 65% tank-aged Grenache and 35% barrel aged-Syrah, is drinking beautifully at present. Offering copious aromas of black cherry jam, cassis, licorice, forest floor, spring flowers and bouquet garni, this full-bodied, dark purple-colored wine will benefit from several more years of cellaring. It will last for 15+ years. (Oct 2012)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Offers the focused ripeness of the vintage, with a lightly steeped edge to the plum, red currant and raspberry fruit, while extra pastis, singed apple wood and red licorice notes fill in on the finish. Lovely perfumy spice notes drape over all of it, with cut and drive on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2025.—J.M. (Aug 14 2013)