No photos of this one; Benj ordered a glass of it the other night to go with his dinner at a French restaurant in Ithaca called Dijon. I can't say I'm crazy about it, though I couldn't quite tell you what "it" is -- according to this resource, the Côtes du Rhône appellation covers over 1500 wineries and 100,000 acres.
The area produces 95 percent reds, which (generally?) break down as follows: Grenache (topping the mix at 40 percent), Syrah, Mouvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault grapes.
The 2005 red is dark for its age, but the taste reveals a superficial kind of youth.
At first scent I got strong blackberry notes; a deeper inhale revealed something antiseptic. Rubbing alcohol?
A sip gave way to the taste of red currant. This came and went with sips that followed. Overall, the wine didn't much linger.