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Les Vignerons Carignan Syrah L’Enthousiasme Vin de France 2016

This a pleasant carignan and syrah blend from the south of France. It is soft and fruity, providing simple drinking at a fair price. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $15. Website: NA.Continue readingLes Vignerons Carignan Syrah L’Enthousiasme Vin de France 2016

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Vin de Pays d’Oc 2015

The picture shows the 2016 vintage.  The 2015 vintage is reviewed here. This is another interesting Vin de Pays d’Oc from the south of France.  Organically grown, it is a blend of 40% syrah, 40% grenache, 10% carignan and 10% mourvèdre sourced variously from Roussillon, Corbières and La Livinière and is a deep purple in…Continue readingDomaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Vin de Pays d’Oc 2015

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A southern Italian masterclass – Etna and more

I recently attended a tasting that proved to be a masterclass in southern Italian wines with wines from Etna, Basilicata, Taurasi, Sardinia, Calabria and more. Sicily (and Etna in particular) and the nerello mascalese grape variety produced the stand out wines. Nerello mascalese has an exciting “nebbiolo like” future if this tasting is representative. Elsewhere,…Continue readingA southern Italian masterclass – Etna and more

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Domaine Guinand Languedoc 2014

This is a lovely blend of shiraz and carignan from Domaine Guinand in the Languedoc in southern France.  It’s very typical of the region too, with its aromatics of roses, wild florals and fresh cherries.  The palate is full bodied and very much in balance.  (Alc: 14.5%, Region: Languedoc, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy…Continue readingDomaine Guinand Languedoc 2014

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Domaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône 2014

I was impressed by this Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Roche-Audran.  It’s a blend of 70% grenache, 15% syrah and 15% carignan, the vineyard is biodynamic and the vines are between 35 and 100 years old.  In the glass, it’s a step up from the usual CDR.  It has complex aromatics of white pepper, peppercorn,…Continue readingDomaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône 2014