2007 is perhaps the most anticipated vintage in CDP since 1998. Robert Parker just released his final report on the ‘07 CDPs and has declared that “this is a truly historic and profoundly great vintage.” However, I have my doubts about the vintage. In March of this year, I attended a ‘07 CDP tasting and left wondering if the year was a repeat of ’98. The wines were very rich and showed a tremendous amount of upfront fruit. Like the ‘98s, the ‘07s are very appealing right out of the gate, but even flashier. In the eleven years since the ‘98 vintage, many growers have pushed back their harvest dates and pick much riper fruit. In addition, many of the CDPs produced today contain a much higher percentage of syrah than they did twenty years ago. Syrah used to only represent a fraction of the final blend, but there are many ‘07s that contain 30% or more. In the hot climate of CDP, Syrah grapes tend to get very ripe. As a result, many of today’s CDP have dark, jam-like flavors that were not traditionally found in CDP. It is highly unlikely that they will develop the classic bouquet that is a signature of the region. In an effort to produce more intense wines that show well at a young age, the growers have quietly created a new category: Shiraz du Pape.