The new vintage of this ever-popular blend is 39% Mourvèdre, 19% Counoise, 17% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 6% Cinsault, and 3% Carignan. What a compelling nose! A rich mix of tar, berry, smoke, earth and graphite opens into a broad and inviting wine with all of the above, splayed out across the palate and finished with a lick of bright acidity.
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.