89 Points Robert Parker
A Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike, the 1998 Nine Popes (a blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre) boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to abundant quantities of peppery kirsch and earthy notes, and medium to full body, which provide a large, dense, chewy palate impact. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. June, 2001
91 Points James Halliday
Medium red-purple; complex, scented, savoury cedar aromas are followed by a medium-bodied palate, with fine-grained tannins and subtle oak; more elegant than lush. Drink to 2004.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2000