When I was a little girl in Panama, a rich American came to our town and he was wearing the softest most beautiful sweater. I said to him, "what do you call this most beautiful fabric?" and he said "they call it cashmere."
I repeated the words "cashmere, cashmere."
My friend Georgie bought a bottle of this. At retail this goes for about $15, but we had this at a restaurant so it ran us - ahem - considerably more.
This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.
A big nose dominated with black fruit - cassis, plum, even some ultraripe blackberry.
For such a big nose, this is a rather smooth, soft - basically mild mannered - wine. Strawberry, cherry, black pepper, sassafras, cassis dominate - tannins present and smooth with acid well integrated.
A tad - just a tad - of heat on the finish with cherry and cassis lingering.
This is certainly a solid bottle - easy drinking, smooth, and enjoyable.
Strange thing about this bottle....it has a small red dot right on the front.
Score: 87* (*not blind)