Domaine Alary's Cairanne L'Estevenas is a blend of roughly 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah (from cuttings taken from the Hermitage appellation in the Northern Rhone). This 2007 has aged very nicely and is at a near-perfect stage right now.
Bright crimson, minimal bricking. Pretty aromas of flowers and fresh berry fruit when first opened. Within half an hour, deeper and more serious--a bouquet rather than an aroma with fine wine smells blended together. Darker fruits on the palate, including some hints of black currant and cassis. Beautifully ripe fruit on the mid-palate and finish but with enough acidity to make it dance on the tongue. A special wine.