2006 is not considered a top year for Southern Rhone wines, but this is a particularly good vintage for Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin, a Cairanne I have been buying and enjoying for at least the last 25 years. Although the domaine recommends drinking these wines at 5 to 7 years, I have long since discovered that this is a conservative estimate. This wine is still young in every respect.
Good saturated color. Deep, dark cherry scents. Also black fruits, violets, cured meat. Big presence on the palate, rich fruit and spice. Grenache berry giving way to Mourvedre spice. No need to hurry with this wine; it's still in its prime. I have a bottle or two left; wish I had a case.