A really good value in a tasty, mature, flavorful, balanced, soft Rhone red. 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache.
Dark, black-ruby. Nose full of ripe, rich blackberry essence and pungent, slightly scorchy minerally-stony scents. Very soft and mouthfilling, with nose-paralleling, bone dry blackberry and scorched gravelly flavors, along with a dry underbrush component. Full-bodied, but with good balancing acids. A bit drying as the latter half of the finish, but this is a minor quibble, particularly if, like me, you're using this wine to wash down a bowl of pasta-and-meat sauce, or some such dish. B/B+. Was $9.99 at Total Wine in Fairfax. Imported by Saranty Imports.