Just as I concluded after the last bottle enjoyed in New York recently, this wine has opened up and is displaying a delightful floral nose, nut unlike Rayas or Des Tours, followed by a palate of raspberry and strawberry compote and soil components. In a good place here, showing off its goods in a youthful manner. I continue to like the understated charm of the 2004 vintage in the Southern Rhone.
This may be the best value I have ever purchased in a wine. Outstanding quality, great nose, a total mouthful of wine with a remarkably soft and relatively long finish. We loved it. Someone had previously indicated 2004 was "coming out of its shell"... they were right. It has blown the doors off.
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