2008 13 Blackbirds (HdR auction lot)

This was a 2010 Hospice du Rhone auction lot so not available commercially. A lush blackberry nose. Rich, velvety fruit, blackberries, cherries, roast meat, bit of spice. Nicely resolved tannins, good acidity and balance. Finishes very long, spicy and dark fruited. Probably has another 3 to 5 years at this level. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre. Winemakers were Russell From, McPrice Myers and Augie Hug. 15.5% ABV. "A-"

It's been fun following this wine over the years -- 5 cases will let you do that! It went from a pleasant drinking wine to a hard, snarling, nasty beast to a marvelous mature wine with real depth. I still have 14 bottles so I'll see what the next few years bring.