Bright, clean, and appetizing with a nose of citrus, flowers, red fruit, and a hint of cocoa. Vibrant acidity combines with rich, round, red fruit flavors tending toward cherries but also something suggestive of chocolate and—after a little air contact—some very appealing ripe, grapey flavors. Much more approachable than many 2011 wines from this appellation, yet with good structure. Delicious now, but likely to improve with age.
Food pairing: Duck; venison; other game or fowl; roasted chicken; earthy, mushroom-scented dishes