In a dumb phase – just like many 2016 Southern-Rhone reds after the primary fruits are gone. It needs aeration to open up, and then what you get is the essence of Rhone Grenache. Opulent, ripe, with the most typical black strawberry notes. Ouzo and rosemary add nuances. It’s just amazing how lively this is, despite the ripeness (16%!), no raisins in sight. In the mouth it combines smoothness with a serious structure. Just a bit of sweetness, which does not seem out of place, perhaps because it’s balanced by lovely, firm tannins. There is some alcoholic heat but it does not mask the finish. A serious, great wine.