The first nosing is a little green but it’s followed by nuances of black pepper, basil, strawberry hull and plum skins. The palate shows a riper offering of stewed berries and tea leaves. Medium acidity and soft tannins make this wine ready to drink now, with no real promise of improvementwith more age.
Quite meaty and spicy, with mustard and cured-meat aromatics. This wine is a quick starter but a slow finisher. The banana and pear flavors charm at first but slip away quickly and without much noise. Nonetheless, it’s rich and mouthfilling enough to satisfy.
There is much to love here and also much to dislike in this ambitious effort from the South of France. Complex notes of violets, leather, spice and manure make for a beguiling opening but lead to somewhat stewed flavors in the mouth and a drying, astringent finish.
This special millennium bottling should be drunk up. There are some nice dried-spice and peppery aromas, and the wine is light and elegant despite lacking a great deal of ripeness. Turns herbal and tea-like on the finish. Imported by Merlin Wines Louisiana, LLC.
This is the kind of wine a beaver would like. It’s overwooded, and that’s a fact. Yes, there’s hidden black fruit, but it would take a miner to dig for it. What most of us will get is vanilla, butter and too little wine. —M.S.
A bit of a tour around the farm, this opens with prominent barnyard notes and follows up with sweaty leather and spice notes in the mouth, which are punctuated by cherry and raspberry flavors. Medium finish. Drink up.
Light and oaky at first, with earth notes. But then it goes awkward, showing imbalanced berry and plum fruit and overt oak. The wine shows some complexity and style, but at the same time it’s all over the place, with hard tannins that subtract from the final tally.