2011 Pierre Henri-Morel Côtes du Rhône-Villages Signargues (Elsewhere $18)
An elegant style, with silky texture and pure, unadorned bitter plum, blood orange and singed alder notes all racing along through the rooibos tea-tinged finish, revealing a buried mineral accent. Drink now through 2016. 600 cases imported.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Looking at the 2011s, the Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues is an elegant, character-filled effort that has loads of black cherry, leather, licorice and spicy notes to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and nicely balance palate feel. Delicious and easy-drinking, it should be enjoyed over the coming couple of years. Drink now-2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Youthful purple. Intense black and blue fruit aromas and flavors are complemented by notes of candied violet and cracked pepper. Fleshy and open-knit Cotes du Rhone with strong finishing punch, supple tannins and lingering spiciness.
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre. 14.5% abv.