Bressy-Masson, Domaine (Marie-France)
Rhone, France
Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Rasteau
La Souco d'Or
The core as black as purple, looks grimy through the red rust rims with a little orange coming on too. The nose is plummy to pruney, gluey texture in the nostrils pushed further by milk chocolate, candied ginger, spiced orange notes, not showing much tertiary development just still the fatness of youth. Has shifted down some to medium-bodied but not exactly slim. Same level of overripeness in the plum, cassis, blackberry fruit, pie filling. More ginger to cinnamon accents here. The tannin is hard at times and can come off as underripe. More of a sour citrusy finish. Biggest issue may be the lack of smooth, integrated flow, feels clumpy and disjointed. 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre.
87 points

Note: Been like 12 or so years since having a Bressy-Masson wine, saw this and snagged it. Simple. Plenty of fruit which I recall to be the house preference. The wife liked it so she gets the other bottles!