A Kermit Lynch import, this producer has always been acceptable to me but lacked either the guts to be wild or the polish to be suave. Never wrong but rarely right. A friend at Martin Wine Cellar had similar reactions to the wine over the years and recommended I try this vintage.
Made from 40% syrah, 30% grenache, 20% cinsault and 10% mourvedre this experiences "traditional vinification" according to Kermit's website.
The color is the classic salmon hue expected from the area. I will even go so far as to say it is the color of Atlantic salmon, not the richer, darker color of Pacific. Almost no pink appears at all, it shows more orange. Fruit skins on the aroma - apricot? - but not the juice, the skin. A hint of leather, almost an earth hint and perhaps some star anise. Sorry, I don't usually do that but the nose was so subtle I found myself searching for something to latch onto.
Decent weight, but clipped on the finish. It is very dry, bordering on austere...even a touch metallic. A bit of creaminess emerged but overall the wine just sat there. The first half of the taste is good but the finish lacks. It went well with roast chicken and is passable at $8 but I paid $13 and feel no need to find another bottle. Sorry Kermit.