Liracs always seem to me to be the lazy sibling in the Cotes du Rhone family. Never exuberant, usually laid back. Sometimes verging on boring. This wine needs significant airing, but after it gets it, it's pretty nice in a typical Lirac-ian low-key sort of way.
Very dark, rich-looking black ruby. The nose sucked on day one. Nothing there but dark scents. Like sniffing Darth Vader's helmet. On day 2 (under a Vacu-vin enclosure), it exhibited low-toned, medium-intensity, rich, sweet dark crushed berry fruit, along with significant crushed stone minerality. Soft, rich, and low-toned flavors of dark crushed berries and forest floor earthiness. A little iodiney quality in the finish. It's got loads of medium-grained tannin, but I wouldn't age it too much longer because as the second night wore on I detected some oxidation. So give it some air and then kill the bottle. B. Was $14.99 from Total Wine in Fairfax. Imported by Saranty Imports, White Plains, NY (which I think is Total Wine's importing arm . . . because why not take the middle man's cut yourself?).