December 1, 2013
2011 noir - 91 pts from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from 86% syrah and 14% counoise): Opaque ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berry compote, violet, smoky herbs and licorice, with slow-building scents of mocha and vanilla. Lush and appealingly sweet on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering chewy black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The smoky note comes back on the long, sweet, penetrating finish, which shows just a hint of tannins.
Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar