Violets and compost dance through the aromas, leading into an intensely fruity palate loaded with sappy berry richness, nuanced with scents and streaks of cured meat, garrigue, earth and graphite...it strikes a perfect balance among fruit, earth, and rock. At its core it is still wrapped tight, immaculately clean, and still almost impenetrably dense.
Aromas of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, lilacs, black currant, and blueberry give way to a velvety-textured, layered palate with herbs and olives making an appearance.
Supple, complex and deep, with mineral, earth and meat notes mingling with blackberry and black olive flavors, persisting expressively against refined tannins.
...nose with cassis, ripe herbs, leafy tobacco, campfire and earthy, meaty notes. The palate is medium to full bodied with gobs of sweet, rich fruit, fresh acidity, a soft, lush texture and a long finish. Very pretty and a good mix of hedonistic fruit paired with an overall balanced, fresh character.
Wild aromas of flint, smoke, bacon fat and truffle; full-throttle northern Rhone aromas. Then sweet, concentrated and on the exotic side, with a strong lead pencil character and a hint of dried apricot. Finishes firmly tannic, broad and dry, with noteworthy persistence. And long on personality.