I drank this side-by-side with the Grand Prieur (below). They are similar Grenache/Syrah blends from the same vintage. At $8.99, they are two of my favorite Southern Rhone bargains.
The color is medium deep ruby, neither as dark nor as bluish as the Grand Prieur. Aromas and flavors are a bit reticent compared to the Grand Prieur, but they open nicely with a little time and a little reflection. Ripe red raspberry fruit with spice and herbs--a full range of flavors that coat the tongue from front to back. It's less ripe and friendly than the Grand Prieur but ultimately has more substance and depth in a classic Southern Rhone style. Tonight, I'll take the Ventoux.