Off-the-charts alcohol notwithstanding, this massive wine will surely please those who like their reds big, dense and deep. It's principally Grenache, packed with pure fruit flavors of cassis and blackberry compote. It retains sufficient acidity to keep it buoyant. Tannins are tongue scrapers, bone dry and astringent. This is best sipped solo, or perhaps with a really juicy, fat-laden steak. Paul Gregutt
Bottle Size750 ml
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