This "non-vintage" Mistral is 91% Grenache and 9% Syrah from Red Mountain's Ciel du Cheval vineyard.
It displays a ruby color and rich, smoky aromas of raspberry, strawberry, red currant, crushed roses, mulberry, sweet tobacco, lavender and wafts of spiced incense. The flavors are pleasingly supple, yet substantial, with notes of red licorice, cocoa, sassafras tea and Red Mountain calcareous earth. On the back, the wine intensifies, with sensations of pressed berries, toasted nuts, framboise and crème de cassis liqueurs, and soft pencil lead, followed by a chewy, sweetish soft tannin finish that is lifted by bright fruit acids.
This wine is 90% from the 2015 vintage and 10% from 2014, hence the "NV" or "non-vintage" on the bottle. Federal law limits a designated vintage to 5% of another vintage.
Pairs with goat cheese, lamb skewers, high wind warnings and sideways rain.