This bottle was a gift, for delivering a rescue dog to her new home in upstate New York. We had fostered Victoria for a month and when it was time for her to meet new friends- it was off to the horse farm with her. The new family were super happy to meet her and gave me two bottles of the local reds. This one is a blend of 49% Merlot, 40% Cab Franc and 11% Syrah.
Semi opaque, bright ruby. The nose is medium intense and gives me red cherry, red currants, raspberry, red plum and spice box- like baking spices. The palate is dry, medium bodied and has juicy acidity and mid grade tannins. The fruit flavors are of medium intensity and I get the red notes as well as the spice. There is very little oak showing but I do get a strange sensation, almost like effervescence yet there are no bubbles. It’s unique, something new to me. As I drink more of it there is a definitive red cherry candy component and the glass wafts a touch of straw if swirled a lot. The tannins I mentioned are very lithe yet hang on for a long time, far longer than the fruit which is pretty decent in length. Overall, it’s a decent drop that gets 87 points from me. It runs $13 and gets 3 stars from me. Drink now with lighter fare, perhaps a pasta dish with veggies. Salut….