Purple drank. Lots of ripe black fruit, garrigue, pepper, and wood all working together in this wine. It's got a lot of body and structure to act as a foil for the ripeness, which to me made this wine that much more impressive. For an inexpensive Cotes du Rhone, there is more depth than one would expect. The finish is great too, spices and tobacco lead the way, gently tapering off after almost a minute.
The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Blackberry, Cherry, Prune, Dust, Black Pepper, and Stoniness. It tastes like Blackberry, Prune, Cherry, Dust, and Mineral. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Leathery texture. The wine finishes Medium.
First Rhone in a bit. Wads of dark fruit on the nose, obviously Rhone. Fruitcake and a syrupy bit of peppermint. Unctuous with quite a wall of tannin behind the gobs of fruit. Serious. Really good and worth having some around and will get better but not forever.
Extremely intense full bodied southern Rhône. Tannins are trying to balance the very strong alcoholic burning sensations in the mouth. This is an only partly succesful endeavor. This wine really needs oxygen, and once it get it, beautiful tastes og red berries emerge.