Some of this wine has been aged in barriques. Deep, dark color. Blackberry Syrah with a touch of coffee. Lacks the pepperiness and rusticity that I expect from a Southern Rhone, but there is much to like. Ripe fruit in a brandy sauce. Alcoholic warmth on the palate, but there is good acidity and an elegant mouth feel.
Aware of the use of new oak barriques, I put some of this wine back, hoping it might improve with age. I haven't found the improvement that I expected and will drink up the bottles I have.