2009 Domaine de la Janasse "Terre d'Argile" Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Terre d'Argile is sensational. Notes of black currants and cherries as well as hints of charcoal, truffle, new saddle leather and earth all jump from the glass of this blend of 70% Grenache and the rest mostly Mourvedre with a touch of Carignan. Aged completely in foudres and older small barrels, it is dense ruby/purple, full-bodied, opulent, and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% grenache, 25% old vines carignane and bits of mourvedre and syrah; the grenache is raised in foudres and the rest in barriques): Opaque purple. Powerful aromas of cherry and blackberry, along with alluring potpourri and mineral notes and a gentle suggestion of licorice. Full, fleshy red and dark berry liqueur flavors are lifted by a tangy mineral note and gain energy with air. Taut and focused on the spicy finish, showing an exotic hint of floral pastilles.
Ripe and dense, with sleek linzer torte and boysenberry fruit supported by black tea, roasted mesquite and a long, graphite-filled finish. Mouthfilling and very tasty.