Nicely complex nose of freshly crack black pepper, bright black berry fruit, hickory smoke and earthy, gamy notes. Layers of savory flavor, ripe bramble fruit, roasted meat and spice across the palate. Full-bodied, warm but balanced with a good tannic grip and lingering finish. A very honest wine.
This comes across as relatively unexpressive on the nose, but shows impressive ripeness and stone-fruit flavors on the palate. It’s still rather tannic, demanding 2–3 years of cellaring.
An ambitious attempt at a white Vacqueyras, as evidenced by the toasty, popcorn-scented oak. This is a wine that has the weight and mouthfeel to carry it, but not the fruit flavor. Drink now.