This Rhone red is bold and strong, in every respect – a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Cinsault. With a deep garnet hue, the intense aromas wafted up from the glass as I swirled, rich with smoke, leather, cassis, and a faint earthiness. The taste matched its aromas, filling my mouth with black currant, spice and smoldering graphite. There was a nice acidity to it that layered with the assertive tannins. The finish was pleasantly long, with spice and mineral. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine with a rich beef stew and peppered bread, in front of a crackling fire – it paired with the food and ambiance perfectly.