This is not a good vintage for Oratoire Saint Martin, but it's still a very attractive wine. And the retail price was lowered from $20 to about $15 a bottle. So who's to complain?
This bottle is a bit slow to open. I get some green, stemmy scents at first. Yes, that's the vintage. But the quality fruit quickly starts to dominate: peppery, spicy black fruit (blue plums?). Now, finally, the red cherry traits that are the hallmark of a good Cairanne. Good concentration on the mid-palate. And the finish has enough interest to keep me coming back for sip after sip.