Garnet color. Nose is full of smoke and bacon mixed with sweet blackberry fruit. Nice! Palate explodes with flavor - ripe fruit, bright acidity. A complete wine and one of the best vintages of this wine I can think of. Will continue drinking well for a number of years. Fantastic QPR. (92)
Deep, almost inky color. Dense on the palate with lots of dark fruit, earth, a bit of wood and something meaty. More in the style of a southern France mourvedre rather than a lean northern Rhone Syrah. Dry, medium bodied, dense structure and medium tannins. Good intensity and a good, long finish. This is plenty of wine for the bucks, but not really the style I want from northern Rhone as I think it lacks the spices and refreshing acidity that I one can find in this style of Syrah.
In the search for the next big thing, solid wines like this often get overlooked. It's not flashy, but it is textbook Syrah. If I want someone to know what Syrah tastes like this is a perfect wine for them to drink. The fruit is dark. There are ample herbal and tar accents, and a finishing hit of roasted meat. Add to that the price of $30, and it's a mystery why I don't drink more of this.
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