This wine is a fine, deep, dark-red color in the glass. On the nose it is spicy, with soft, ripe fruit aromas. On the palate there are is round tannins, complexity and power. A rich, full-bodied, smooth wine, with touches of ripe plums, stone fruit and soft fruit. This is a rich wine, with all in harmony and balance. Cellaring: Can be laid down for approximately 15 years. Suggestions for serving: Red meat, game birds and cheese A blend of 50% Old Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and others from at l...
International Wine CellarRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 100, January/February 2002 ($27; bottled two weeks before my visit) Red-ruby. Aromas of pruneau, licorice and spicecake, with a suggestion of caramel. Sweet and supple; voluminous and aromatic. But less complex in the middle palate than the Gigondas. Finishes with substantial, slightly tarry tannins that seem a tad dry after the bottling.
Wine AdvocateRating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 133 on Feb-01
Robert ParkerRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 145
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/03