A good, rustic, old-fashioned style of Cotes du Rhone. Lean, earthy, spicy, and nowhere near the more direct, fruity style that is much more prevalent today.
Dark ruby garnet. Intensely earthy with a pleasantly barnyardy component on the first day, on day 2 the barnyard was gone, replaced with a tart, spiced cherry and raspberry fruitiness, pungent rock dust, and a hint of sweat. Tight and lean in the mouth, with bone-dry cherry liqueur/mineral flavors, morphing into a darkly-minerally finish with a slight bitter edge. Good acidity. A wine that requires rustic rich food as an accompaniment. Not a cocktail party red. B. Was $23 at Houston Wine Merchant, it's imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.