2006 Renaissance Mediterranean Red

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Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 89 points

  • This is drinking beautifully right now. Rustic nose, with dried herbs, dark fruit. Lovely in the mouth, well balanced acidity, nice fruit in the background. This lacks the typical renaissance iron/flinty-ness, but that is fine. A very nice effort.

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  • This mourvèdre-driven red may be more generous and approachable than good, traditionally-minded Bandol of a similar age — this is actually exuberant in its youth — but its flavors and proportions certainly evoke those wines. The berry, spice, and leather elements are classic and stitched together seamlessly. Round and full-ish, but lithe. It's not particularly complex at this stage of the game, but the texture is lovely and it betrays not a hint of oak despite being aged for 36 months in old barrels. The acidity is forthright, and I'm sure this will age nicely for five years or perhaps many more, but I'm really enjoying this wine now. Basically 50% mourvèdre, 25% syrah, 25% grenache (the latter contributing to this wine's exuberance, no doubt).

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