I didn't buy many upper end Southern Rhones from 2007, even though the vintage was highly regarded by many critics. My view of the vintage, fair or not, was shaped by lower end Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages wines, many of which were a bit too ripe and one dimensional for my taste. This 2007 Rhoning Stones Cotes du Rhone--apparently made by a cooperative--is one of the exceptions. Although this bottle lacks some of the complexity I found in a bottle opened last July, it is still drinking nicely.
Good deep crimson color, turning to brick around the rim. Grenache spice and peppercorns plus Syrah dark berries and cassis. Ripe and rounded on the finish and probably at its peak right now.