Grape Variety: Blend – 60% Malbec, 25% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Vin de Pays d’Oc; Languedoc-Rousillion, France.
Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Pizza with homemade pesto sauce, roast chicken, caramelized onions, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Opened one hour before drinking. Mostly opaque, dark garnet color with a light purple rim. Cherry and damp earth aromas with hints of mint. Powerful, full body and a 150-grit texture. Spicy plum, cherry, blackberry and black walnut flavors. Plenty if edgy acidity and soft tannins that had gobs of grip and a very long finish that ends smooth, spicy and bitter with a coffee and fruity aftertaste. We had a similar pizza dinner last night, but tonight’s had less-sweet caramelized onions (done in a crock-pot, not a fry pan) and it was a FANTASTIC pairing. This was an unpretentious wine that begins with lots of Merlot softness, but at about mid-palate turns into a POWERFUL and ROBUST tasting Syrah. Interesting and exhilarating red blend that’s an FANTASTIC value. This was a wine for those who like powerful red wine. A solid four thumbs up from us!!!
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Closure: Natural cork.
UPC Code: 7 61503 41470 0
Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.