A solid Cotes du Rhone Villages. Needs a lot of time to breathe, but eventually shows itself to be a nice, broodingly deep wine.
Very dark, nearly saturated ruby violet. After being opened a day under Vacu-Vin and given another hour of airing, the wine's initially very shy nose opened up nicely, showing slightly-scorched, sweet sandstone, a woodsy-brown sugar note, and rich blackberry. Low-toned, rich, ripe fruit with a dark, low-toned blackberry and stony notes. Loads of softly-grainy tannin, and a very pure, fairly long finish. This wine just keeps getting better the longer it breathes. B+. Was $13.99 at International Wine & Beverage, a small wine shop on Lee Highway in Arlington. An Alan Corcia Selection, imported by Monsieur Touton.