A deceptively easy-going yet potentially serious wine. Still very young, it is quite primary now but shows nice texture and very good length.
Very dark ruby/violet. Straightforward scents of ripe blackberry and black raspberry fruit, accented by notes of hot stones and dry underbrush. Soft, mouthfilling, ripe, and full-bodied in the mouth. Lots of incredibly fine-grained nano-tannins. Very nice concentration and length with loads of licorice, cassis, and minerals. This wine will by dynamite in 2-4 years. B+(+). Was $24.99 from WTSO.com, making it a very good buy for a Rhone wine of this aging ability and class. Imported by Citadel Trading Co., NY, NY.
(Sorry, 2001 label shown, but the 2010 looks the same.)