Aerate to decanter. Color dark maroon with some purple hues and somewhat opaque. Bouquet of baked black sweet and sour cherries, red plums, some pretty violets, tar, and spice. On the palate, rich blackberries, some red cherries, garrigue, spice and bramble. Seems front loaded, good depth of fruit, modest finish. Good pairing with spicy black bean soup simmered all day with smokey ham hocks. Overall a good value at 12, but I didn't feel the thunder GV must have had when he ranked it #2 WL wine under $40 for 2014. Same impression both times, score is the average of two bottles in two weeks.
Color is Tyrian purple with some darker hues in the middle, medium-full body. Bouquet of ripe mulberries and cherries, burnt black plum, fresh-turned earth with varying degrees of funk, black pepper, herbs and wet stone. On the palate, powerful black stone fruits and mulberry with some tangy red currants mixed in, along with bits of sharp herbs, pepper, and mineral notes that add rustic edges. Medium acid and medium-full youthful tannins are grippy through a moderate finish. There is some variability with this bottling, and in general I prefer the fruit it showed more last Spring and Summer than in recent months. Score is the average (range 86-90) from about two cases. Very good value at 9.