(85% grenache, with mourvedre and syrah): Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of black and blue fruits, incense and anise, with bright overlay of smoky minerality. Rich as well as vibrant, with impressive depth and energy to its blackberry and cherry compote flavors. Closes on a spicy note, with excellent clarity and resonating spiciness.
Glass-staining ruby. An explosive, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, potpourri, licorice and smoky minerals. Lush, palate-coating black and blue fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and pick up notes of candied lavender and spice cake on the back half. Manages to be both rich and lithe, finishing with superb persistence and lingering sweetness.