($34; a blend of 40% grenache, 34% shiraz, 12% cinsault, 8% mataro and 6% carignan) Ruby-red. Open-knit red and dark berry aromas are deepened by tobacco, minerals and fresh flowers. On the palate, spicy raspberry and blackberry flavors are complicated by bright mineral and baking spice notes. A fresh, firm midweight that's drinking very well now.
($55; includes 5% viognier) Bright purple. Explosively perfumed nose offers vibrant blackcurrant, kirsch, blueberry and spicy tobacco scents. Lush and sweet but also bright, with precise raspberry and cassis flavors, medium weight and an expansive, impressively pure back end. Gains depth with air but retains focus and verve. A smoky mocha note lingers on the strikingly persistent finish. I'd hold this for a few years.
($55; 55% mataro and 45% shiraz) Dark ruby. Smoky cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, olive, black cardamom and a hint of camphor. Creamy dark berry flavors are sweetened by mocha and cinnamon and nicely framed by supple tannins, giving this serious sex appeal. Finishes on a spicy note, with excellent depth and thrust. More structured than the shiraz/viognier blend and in need of even more patience. (Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA)