In the Southern Rhone, the 2008 vintage is not highly regarded. For reasonably early drinking, though, this Vacqueyras shines.
Still a deep, dark ruby. Dark, earthy, black pepper qualities have come to prominence. Now very typical of Vacqueyras. Fuller and more earthy than it was a year ago. Black fruit flavors but also some Grenache red berries. Has much to delight. Full on the mid-palate but friendly and open. As ready to drink as it will ever be.
This Vacqueyras initially sold for about $20 but was discounted again and again and finally closed out for $8 when I bought it. Lucky me.