2009 Domaine la Garrigue "Cantarelle" Vacqueyras (Previously $25)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The spectacular 2009 Vacqueyras La Cantarelle, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah from 80+ year old vines, boasts an inky/purple color as well as a nose of scorched earth, burning charcoal embers, blackberries, cassis, licorice and hints of truffles and charcuterie. Full-bodied, intense, thick and viscous, this is a superb Vacqueyras that possesses all the hallmarks of this precocious vintage. Drink it over the next decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(85% grenache and 15% syrah): Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, floral oils and licorice, with a spicy nuance adding lift. Big and broad but energetic, displaying very good depth to its dark fruit flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with very good clarity and smoky persistence.