Smells like the genuine Rhône article, with high alcohol, black-currant fruit, and hard, tight tannins. Right now the tannin and alcohol overwhelm the fruit, and it feels a bit out of balance. Very French tasting, with good long-term potential.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.