93 POINTS, Vinous. "Glass-staining ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe dark fruits, potpourri and olive; a zesty mineral nuance adds vivacity. Deeply concentrated blueberry, spice cake and floral pastille flavors take on suggestions of cola and candied licorice on the back half. Finishes on a suave note of candied flowers, delivering mounting tannins and superb energy and focus."
"Bassenon" is produced from vineyards in the southernmost stretch of the Côte-Rôtie appellation.This 2015 bears the mark of the vintage with its dark, concentrated character, spicy sandalwood and fresh-ground black pepper but the overwhelming impression is one of finesse wedded to a high-toned complexity.
Northern Rhone look alike. Absolutely gorgeous bright, briary, savory herb, rosemary, and incredible depth that remains weightless throughout to the pure finish.
Small production, artisan-crafted Syrah. Fruit for this bottling come from cooler vineyards, and this version has the tension, pepperiness and vibrant dark fruit you would expect from Northern Rhone but inmstead this comes from California. Well made, elegant and rather...
What great character and depth, for an "entry level" wine. D'Arenberg is consistently solid, top to bottom. Rich fruit and spice in a fun, easy drinking styled wine with nice balance and acidity.