I saw this bottle in the shop and noticed it’s low $8 price tag, but I was on a mission so I passed. Lo and behold my buddy showed up with it later in the afternoon. I believe it hails from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France where they grow tons of Syrah grapes. This one looks to be a co-operative wine. It started off with a slightly oxidized nose of purple plums and a scent I had never encountered in wine- grape bubble gum. I was intrigued and sniffed for a good 5 minutes before I could pinpoint it. Since I have never smelled it in wine nor have I ever seen it used as a descriptor I was curious about the taste. Candied plums and maraschino cherries are what hit me. I kept getting a whiff of alcohol as well but the bottle only registered at 13%. Very slight tannins were evident and the balance was slightly off with a tartness. This is probably a decent picnic wine for an afternoon of cucumber sandwiches and fried chicken on a blanket in the park. 83 points and 2 stars. Salut….