Deep garnet color. Slight lactic aroma (on opening) then red grape, red fruits, smoke & violets. Dry, peppery GSM taste followed by a smoky, earth over iron w/ slight burnt tire flavor. Not a subtle wine, it has plenty of acidity & is good w/ grilled meats & stew. However, it's not worth the $ over other Rhônes (Pierre Amadieu "Roulepierre" @ $9). Decant before serving. WB13.