This 2012 vintage has beautiful color with rich, silky, wild raspberry fruit flavors laced with pepper, tar, and olive/herb tones. Aromas are raspberry, smoky, wild gamey, peppery, and cinnamon. The wine has a clean purity of Syrah fruit that is reminiscent of many St. Joseph's and other Northern Rhone's. It has forward fruit flavors and great acid balance. It is very smooth and savory in the mouth.
Solidly built, if still quite tannic, with jammy black raspberry and pepper aromas and dense flavors of plum, loam and herb. Best after 2016.