2008 and 2007 Rhone Valley Wines (Jan 2010)

Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, licorice, pepper and minerals, plus a whiff of smoked meat. Sappy, racy and focused, with sharply delineated flavors of cherry and blackberry. Comes across as reserved today owing to an impression of bright acidity. Youthfully tight wine, finishing with very good purity and energy and a whiplash of dark berry flavor.