This is a good time of year for Banyuls. Of course, every time of year is a good time to drink Banyuls.
Very dark with purple edges and a nigh-impenetrable core.
Dark cocoa, cherries and blueberries on the nose. There's also some mint and wild herbs.
Quite intense on the palate - big and initially fruit driven - both ripe and juicy plums, cherries and blueberries moving somewhat to more dried and raisiny notes as the secondaries and tannins kick in. Those secondaries are earthy, spicy and dark. The tannins aren't too sweet and grip nicely. In spite of the richness and intensity - this is a big wine - it never seems laden. Great stuff - very sexy and flamboyant but for pure hedonistic yumminess, it's hard to beat.
Tasted 20/12/2010 at Shorehead
*Please note - I spend harvest at this winery and help out. They pay me only in wine, though I bought this bottle myself. I review their wines as objectively as I can, but I score them all fairly highly and think they're awesome.