2010 and 2009 Southern Rhone Wines (Jan 2012)

(a 50/50 blend of grenache and mourvedre): Dark ruby. Aromas of cherry, black raspberry and spicecake, with a sexy floral quality that gains power in the glass. Rich and fleshy but surprisingly lively, offering juicy dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Closes on a spicy note, with very good clarity, cling and lingering sweetness.