As it usually is in most vintages, this wine is a solid, ripe, minerally Rhone that will go with lots of foods. This wine fleshes out a grows on you as it airs out.
Dark, youthful ruby violet. Nose features loads of minerally scents, ranging from crushed sandstone to very dark, iodiney rocks. Almost, but not quite in equipoise is spicy blackberry fruit. In the mouth, the flavors are clingy and long, but while the wine has a good attack and is very persistent, it's not heavy at all. Decent acidity and loads of medium-soft tannin. Imagine a Domaine Tempier regular cuvee Bandol, but with more Grenache influence (and at half the price). B+/A-. I got this for $14.99 from zachys.com. Pretty good value at that price. Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars, Charlotte, NC.
(Sorry, 2008 depicted.)