Principally Grenache with a portion of Syrah (I think the mix is either 80/20 or 84/16 but unfortunately I discarded the bottle without writing it down), this Rhone blend was $13.99 from Garagiste.
Lots of minerals, rocks, strawberry and a clove component were in the aromas. This followed through on the palate, which added ripe cherries and graphite to the mix. There was a nice balance between the fruit and minerals. It had a pretty lengthy aftertaste.
One evening I poured this through a Vinturi aerator to see if there was any effect. My previous uses of this gadget hadn't made any difference in the aromas or taste but this time it did. The aromas were fuller and the taste slightly fruitier with the Vinturi than without. That's enough justification for further experimentation down the road.
There was also a healthy dose of sediment at the end of the bottle, so take note. This was a nicely balanced, flavorful wine that deserves two thumbs up, especially for the price.
Matching YouTube video - look below (or click here if you can't see it).
And here's the link to the CD on Amazon: Donny Hathaway - Valdez in the Country