87 Points Robert Parker
Funky, smoky, oaky, herbal, peppery scents jump from the glass of the deep ruby-tinged 2002 Nine Popes, Melton’s homage to Chateauneuf du Pape. More herbaceous than usual, with sweet fruit, medium body, and a style that begs for drinking over the next 3-4 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2005
95 Points James Halliday
Fragrant, spicy aromas; has far more structure than many such blends, but not over the top; a delicious compote of black fruits, red fruits and a variety of spices. Drink to 2012.
Source: James Halliday. December, 2004