2003 and 2002 Northern Rhone Wines (Jan 2005)

Full ruby-red. Brooding aromas of raw currant, leather and menthol; a bit Hermitage-like on the nose. Then quite backward for the vintage, even a bit youthfully tough. Flavors of raw currant, leather, tobacco and roasted herbs. This has terrific backbone for aging and comes across as distinctly firmer than La Mouline or La Turque.