Go to Spec's on Smith and get some of the value-priced, loaded-with-character gem! This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Marselan (a grape that is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache), and Mourvedre was intensely-flavored, balanced, and very old school in style, with lots of earthy, iodiney notes augmenting the spicy fruit.
Dark black ruby with a bit of magenta-tinting. Intense nose of tangy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, accented with quite a snootful of iodine-infused dark stony gravel scents. Intensely clingy, dark flavors of deeply-roasted herbs, slightly bitter blackberry extract, and scorched, iodiney earth. Full-bodied, but with good overall balance. This is a muscular, old-fashioned style Southern Rhone with lots of oomph but in a slightly more civilized frame than you'd expect. A-. Was $13 and change at Spec's on Smith. Imported by Rhone specialist J&R Selections.