Immediately on the nose one is struck by a complex array of dark, sweet and savory notes - plums, licorice, nutmeg and a subtle hint of cedar. The palate is typical of the vintage, concentrated and round, with velvety tannins, although still a touch of those beautiful, fine, gritty tannins so typical of d'Arenberg Grenache.
(53% grenache and 47% syrah this vintage): Vivid ruby. Intense red and dark berry aromas complicated by notes of rose, white pepper and licorice. Explosive black raspberry and cherry compote flavors are firmed by a touch of bitter chocolate and show very good depth. Dusty tannins give grip to a long, focused finish. This wine acts like a mullet in reverse: party in the front, business in the back. Score - 91. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, July 2012)
Smooth and flavorful. Hits all the right notes for a red wine.
Sunday Times(From 2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Sunday Times on 07/01/2009