Other wines tasted: 2004 2 Fingues Vi de Guard Carinyena*. (Antalva Imports, Los Angeles, CA)
($40) Deep ruby. Strongly perfumed nose exhibits vivid raspberry and cassis, plus a seductive range of fresh and dried floral qualities. Fleshy red berry flavors are accented by suave oak spice and gently lifted by slow-mounting acidity. Candied licorice and mocha impressions build through the sweet, long finish, which leaves a lingering impression of vanillin spice. I'd drink this on the young side for its youthful energy and sweetness.