hahn gsmThis blend of  65% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre shows ripe blueberry and red raspberry with raisin undertones and black pepper top notes. Freshly turned earth becomes more of a focal point with aeration, an attractive nose although the alcohol is distracting.

A juicy, sweet and spicy palate, like cinnamon inflected chocolate candy, it  features a medium plus body with some persistent cedar carrying through the finish. It’s evolution is quite linear but  consistent from front to back with a medium length finish that shows black licorice on the back end. Tannins are soft and acidity just barely sufficient.

Designed to be a crowd pleaser, this delivers value for the price if you don’t mind the candied notes. It paired well with a Cassoulet.

Score: 86

Price: $13

Alc: 14.5%

A perfect wine to sip while listening to Sade, confected and pretty but likeable anyway.