A mediocre Cotes du Rhone, but at least I didn't spend too much for it. Not nearly up to the level of their excellent 2007.
Deep violet-tinged ruby color. Reticent nose of meat, iron, scorched gravel and blackberry. Drying tannins coat the mouth from the get-go, detracting from the fruit and lending a coarser than usual texture. Lean, with a dried leaves-type scorchiness obscuring the fruit. A disappointing effort from this normally superlative house. C-. Was $11.99 on sale at the Giant supermarket, Columbia Pike and S. Barton.