Many layers that evolved over the course of 24hrs. Nose: Ripe Cherry, Blackberry Jam, flowers, violets, wet stones, cut grass, and black pepper, all over some oak. A bit of burnt rubber at the start that dissipated with time. Palate: Soft mouth feel, black fruit, currants, cloves, leading to a long finish. Mouvedre (20%) clearly comes through on the nose and palate. Beautifully appealing now while young but likely to fully mature and integrate in a couple of years. Almost too much oak now, hopefully will integrate with time. I noted Kikkula in my top 3 - 4 favorites from the 2012 Rhone Rangers tasting and didn't buy, rediscovered them at the 2013 Rhone Rangers where I ranked them the top red Rhone blends of the wine tasting dinner.
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