Becheras (Le Prieure d'Arras), Domaine Etienne
Rhone, France
Cuvee Tour Joviac
Plum red to purple, while on the dark side it has perfect clarity and it's easy to see through, deeply hued scarlet rims. Crackling nose of olives, gun flint, tar and a hint of bell pepper, undercurrent of floral perfume, at this stage remains in a primary and fruity state emphasizing cherry, blackberry to blueberry fruit scents. Medium-bodied, has a thin web of tannin and on the whole light of touch. Savory herbs, dried straw and kindling wood more than earthy. Just clean and guileless, to the point you think it's hiding something. The acidity becomes more pronounced through the finish, managing to tease out white grapefruit and mineral accents. Verging on sweet, the cherry, raspberry, blueberry to apricot fruit shares characteristics with hard candy. Only time will tell if this can develop into something wholly different.
89 points

Note: First wine from this producer. Pretty good stuff. No lack of fruit but leaves you thinking it is in a slow shutdown phase. Keep asking Northern Rhone wines to dance hoping to find underpriced and undervalued wines to age. Diogenes.