On popping I found this wine minty and mentholated on the nose. There were also strong licorice notes to begin with (undoubtably due to the syrah). As it began to open up, notes of cherry liquor and chocolate dominated, giving me the impression that this was going to be a big, hedonistic new world offering (which it was more or less), but also reataining some tobacco aroma. On the palate the wine is balanced and supple, lots of black current sweetness, balanced by smooth but present tannins. The fruit is ripe, but fresh, and there are some (not tonnes, but some) character building herbaceous and spice qualities to add depth- let's call it "herbes de provence meets the pillsbury dough boy". A bit of oregano a bit of cinammon. Medium length. This wine has some good fresh fruit and it's solid structure should carry it for some time yet. Probably not at it's peak for two more years.
Cellar temperature Heavy cassis, some oak off the nose-"mentholated" Dark inky purple, right to the glass Full bodied, very smooth, silky, with a medium finish-dry Nicely balanced, drinking now Good valued quaffer
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