Dark fruit and licorice on the nose. Deep ruby / purple color. Great balance, only 13.5% alcohol. Lots of jam, blackberry, hint of chocolate, some licorice, a very delicious and fairly complex wine. Long finish. Tremendous QPR.
Inky nearly opaque violet color with smoky black fruit aromas on the palate it's medium bodied and smooth with good acidity and black cherry, raspberry and smoke flavors. Medium finish. Nice QPR at $16
Night #2 with tasting notes, was simply enjoying this wine too much to take notes. While it is night 2, the wine was gassed, in fridge, and 2/3 full, so minimal aeration/oxidation impact.
This years blend is less a cornucopia as the 2009, 68% Carignan, 32% Syrah.
To The Eye: a dark, menacing inky purple that if you gaze at too long may mesmerize you. On The Nose: Complex, layered. Meatiness, dark fruit, plums, black cherry, spice. Much going on. In The Mouth: As one might expect, the carnival of an aroma profile carries over to the palate: Blackberry, dark fruit, hints of red fruits, its both bright and fresh from lively acidity, and slightly brooding, at the same time.
I loved the 2009, which Jon Bonne' picked as a top 100 wine of 2010, but if memory serves (sorry not digging into the cellar, although some 09 is still for sale on BDV website) I like the 2010 even more.
Btw, the QR code on label is great resource - shows you local places to buy and price.
(13.7%) 69% Carignane, 31% Syrah – Though still predominately Carignane a much different blend for the 2nd vintage of this old vine field blend. Whereas the ’09 was a bit rough or rustic around the edges I find this immediately more approachable with its softer, smoother mouth-feel. This is backed by rich, lush berry fruit, juicy cherry flavors and spiced, smoky edges with just a touch of heat on a lingering finish. A great blend of these two fruits and a nice QPR at ~$13 to boot. Get some...