An incredibly youthful wine packed with promise. When first poured, this deep ruby and magenta wine is both enticingly sweet and savory, with aromas of black raspberry, cassis, star anise, cinnamon, sweet basil and black olive bursting from the glass. Such a rich garrigue-laden aromatic profile makes me think this wine could have hypothetically been grown on the steep Northern Rhone hillsides of Cornas.
In the mouth, it is savory and richly textured with great elegance and balance. Upon opening the bottle, the predominant flavors are red pie cherries and red currant with savory spices, but as the wine opens up with air, the aromas and flavors morph into darker fruit flavors, sandalwood, Asian spices, incense and dark chocolate while remaining poised and elegant with a succulent acidic frame. This could be even greater than the 2008 wine from this vineyard and will no doubt age and continue to develop gracefully for the next 12-15 years.