This is a very nice bottle of wine, and it has improved with time in the cellar. When the first bottle was opened in 2008 the nose was shy, refusing to give up its secrets without several hours of decanting. Now, after two additional years of rest, it sings. Leather and a touch, a light touch, of barnyard cradle layers of different cherries all sprinkled with white pepper and a spray of foam from an Atlantic wave. Hide this wine in a blind tasting of Chateauneufs and nobody will question its place in the lineup. Drink with steak au poivre.

WHO: Domaine de l’Oratoire St Martin
WHAT: 60% Grenache 40% Mouvedre
WHERE: Southern Rhône, France
WHEN: 2004
HOW MUCH: $28

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