This wine is deep and dark with a purplish hue. At least some of the grapes have clearly been aged in small new oak barrels. Yet the winemaker has preserved the traits of traditional Cotes du Rhone that I love. Both red and black berries, probably more Syrah than Grenache in the blend., along with cassis and black pepper. Some tannin on the mid-palate but still very drinkable. And the peppery finish is exactly what I am looking for in a Cotes du Rhone. At $12 to $14, this is a good choice for every day drinking or even special occasions.