This is the antithesis of the overripe, overoaked, new world red style. It's very defined, lean, and very stony/minerally, with lots of acidity, but not under-ripe at all. I like it, but for those who demand jammy fruit and plushness, it's probably not gonna fly.
Gorgeously youthful-looking dark ruby. Very unique nose, with crisp plummy fruit, a streak of rhubarb, and tons of stony minerals, along with a very subtle note of something kinda like, but not quite like, cinnamon. Bone dry in the mouth, it's got good weight. Flavors kind of like a blenderized mixture of rock dust and black cherry skins. Lengthy, lean finish slows turns a bit iodiney and bitter (but in a good way), and it's got very good acids. Quite a unique character, this one. B+. Imported by Saranty Imports, White Plains, NY, I got this for $13.99 at Total Wine in Mclean, VA.
This will age nicely for 1-3 years, and will go with a wide variety of foods.
(Sorry, 2008 shown.)