This and the two wines to follow (above rather than below) are good examples of the kind of Southern Rhone that I like. Each has its own personality.
Deep crimnson with a youthful purplish tint at the rim. Flowers and spice to go along with the boysenberry fruit. An elegant profile. Peppery spice again on the palate--restrained but insistent. A wine that grows on you over the course of a meal. Velvety texture with nice degree of pepperiness on the finish. 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. 14.5% alcohol.
I had the 2007 Altitude 500 about a year ago and was quite impressed. This 2009 is maybe not quite as good but comes close.