This blend of Grenache and Syrah is semi opaque and shows off a bright ruby color in the glass. The legs are-a-watering- with 15% ABV that is to be expected. The nose is quite exuberant- plums, raspberry, red licorice, blueberry pie, bacon fat, violets and charcoal. The palate is dry with caressing tannins and medium acidity that keeps the fruit fresh. Medium bodied- the red and blue fruits are quite pronounced and the meaty component alongside oak nuance is present as well. The finish is medium in length and has a tannic grip for a while. There is a slight imbalance that I cannot point a finger at that will detract a point or two. Drinking nicely now this wine will pair with rich meaty stews, venison roasts or pasta till 2026. 90 points from me for this $20 effort makes it a 5 star wine. Salut….
Xavier Vignon Lirac 2016, Rhone, France
26 Sunday Dec 2021