Blackberries, briars, black pepper, and nutmeg waft up from the glass. On the palate blackberries, real licorice, pecan shells and soy make a complex array of flavors. The finish lingers. Tannins are still very tight – this would benefit from a few more years. Drink with pepper steak. A sophisticated wine at a simple price. Recommended. DH

WHO: Domaine La Blaque
WHAT: Red Rhône Blend
WHERE: Coteaux de Pierrevert, Provence, France
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $13

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