Robe rubis, arômes au nez de fraise, réglisse et violette. En bouche, on retrouve des arômes de boisé, fruit rouge et cassis. Malheureusement, le goût de l’alcool est très présent ce qui déséquilibre le vin. Manque de finesse. À décanter 30min
Popped and poured, in the glass the nose is cassis, slightly alcoholic, peppery, both black and white. On the palate it is quite viscous, sweet, peppery, low acid, tannins have faded, and there is a bitter core. Seems like a Robert Parker kind of wine. After an hour the fragrance died and the alcohol blasted through. This wine needs more balance but it is a pleasant quaffer. Good extraction, not thin. Others noted it improved over time after opened. I wouldn't wait.
Day-3 = 87 Pts This is a nice, seemingly long-lasting Syrah blend. Nothing is overpowering on this one. It is very well balanced, yet complex. It has kept well over a few days and being open may be the reason for the subdued tannins. I think I remember it had high tannins on day-1. This is decent for the investment. Appearance: Deep purple, very slight haze, large colorful legs. Nose: Clean, Med Intensity. In inky with raisin and wet grass. Tatami mat and slight bok choy. Cabbage, fermented fruit and lots of pepper. Palate: Dry, Med tannins, full body. Pepper and fruit very nicely balanced. Bitter chocolate powder, twig and a bit of campfire. Finish = 40 secs and lingering This would pair well with a variety of breads and cheeses and any meat excluding fish.
It's fine, especially at this price, nothing wrong it, well integrated, balanced, seems like plenty of life left - but it's also a but muted and not all that interesting. Maybe the rest of the bottle will do better with tomorrow night's dinner?
The wine looks purple colored. The legs are medium. The body is medium/full. The wine has coarse texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity. A bit of spice in both the aroma and particularly in the taste that ligers for a while. Had this initially alone, but believe it pairs much better with food.
Robe pourpre-violacé. Nez délicat de fruits rouges (framboises) légèrement poivré. Acidité présente qui couvre le fruit (selon moi…) bonne longueur quoique un peu astrigent. Quand même bon mais requiert in repas costaud (steak) pour le soutenir.
Purple-ruby in the glass. A candied fruit nose, not unlike Gamay, although I know this to be Syrah and Grenache. Nose is very one dimensional and a bit closed. Strong notes of white pepper, cranberries, black cherries, and wet forest floor. This is heavily extracted and not a delicate charmer, more of a wine with elbows getting your attention. The tannins are toothy but under control. Alcohol is totally tame. Lots of life left on this IGP and at $14 this is a steal. 70% Syrah 30% Grenache.
Loads of lime and lime peel, some lemon juice, flowers and melon. medium acidity and complexity, lemon and lime flavors with some bitterness in the mid palate to the finish. Good overall, it's a good value.
Eye. Pale ruby, almost translucid Pinot style. Nose. Spiceries, some strawberry, little mineral noted. Palate. Round balanced, good acidity, good alcohol, good fruit. Some land ascents noted as well as aspects scented before. This is definitely label to be bought again and much better than the saint roch, which is also well graduated.
Big spicy fruit with dark spiced plum, blackberry, red red cherry, black current, black licorice stick, green peppercorn, a hint of juniper berry and graphite. Popped and poured and got better with air. Agree was a bit better on its own than with the sautéed pork chops we had it with, tho the pairing was just fine. Finish is a bit short but way over delivers at this price point. Another great QPR from Eric Solomon.
Great nose, juicy fruit on the palate, and a light structure that is acceptable for sipping, but a little too week in acid and tannins to make this enjoyable with grilled meats. Drink on its own, with appetizers or lighter courses (chicken or fish). I drank this with a rosemary port glazed pork chop and I thought that was too hearty of a dish.
Might be improving with age -- a little animal/funky notes on opening, but they mellowed out significantly after 30 mins open. The result was a rich style of wine with depth and lots of red and dark fruit, mild tannin and some earthiness. Good food wine. Growing past its price point now.
Judith's 70th Birthday Party (St. Paul, MN): Just not something I would buy. Simple with egg dye, sweet fruit and simple. Simply floored that Parker gave this wine 93 points which is another example of his outrages palate as of late. All these $13 wines getting silly scores. While I do give out a few to wines in this price range the bulk (bulk wine) of these wines are mid 80s at best.
Drank at a local restaurant after a very short decanting time. Clear and ruby red in colour. Overall, a decent bottle of wine although I found both the nose and taste to be somewhat overripe. Quite heavy on the raisins as well. This wine has a great "quality price ratio".
Blackish purple with thin purple rim; a very youthful nose of dark berries, some floral, a strong reductive note that reminds me of a barrel sample; palate hits you with intense dark fruit at first pent up then unfurls with tart red fruit Grenachiness and satisfying bitterness; good now but this amazing QPR will reward a 1-3 years in bottle.
Drinks better after a few minutes out of the wine cooler. Still long on alcohol but I think this will improve over time. For $15 this is a nice wine. Nice color and some depth of flavor. I found adding a little bit of spice to a earthy dish like pan fried mushrooms brings out a more complex side of the wine.
This bottle was popped and poured at home. The wine was purple to ruby in colour. It was of medium intensity and clear. On pouring, the nose was slightly funky with an earthy or forest floor bouquet. This burnt off somewhat over 30 minutes in the glass and was somewhat supplemented by dark cherries. In the glass was a wine that tasted of slightly overripe dark cherries with a good level of spiciness. Mid level acidity and fairly light tannins added to this pleasant wine. Great QPR on this one.
As an aside note, this wine has surprisingly improved greatly over the past 24 hours, if I were to rate it now, I would give it a 90-91.
Second bottle -- not quite as excited as the first. Still needed time and air to open up, and was still good, but the food pairing was not ideal. Quite tart, with bright red cherry, medium tannin and lots of spice. Didn't get so much oak or dark fruits on this one. Something to look out for next time around.
I think these will improve over time, so in no hurry to get through them.
Based on other reviews, decanted all but an initial taste through an aerator and into a large bottomed decanter. Decanted for an hour before pouring glasses.
Color is quite pretty, ruby with a touch of violet.
Nose is very slightly floral but primarily some dulled cooked red fruit.
Palate is fairly tight, but follows the nose with more red fruit and a little bit of leather. Not a lot of depth.
Finish is not particularly long or elegant or interesting.
When tasting the pour-off before decanting, I felt that the reviews were right. It needed some air and to open up. While some of the alcohol blew off and the wine softened, I can't say it took on any interesting characteristics. It merely softened. It never really opened up.
This is a perfectly good wine and an okay QPR, but nothing that made me want to go back and buy a case.
Very finely crafted... After decanting, it has very smooth and well-integrated elements of light vanilla, rich medium/dark red fruit, and spices that come together beautifully. Superb QPR, which is why it is no longer available to get a case :-(
PnP. Should have given it a little air time but you can really see the potential here. Dark, rich, tart cherry. Fairly silky until the tannins hit. Will really come into its own over the next few years and maybe beyond that.
(15%) 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache - Pure, clean, crunchy red fruits that show nice depth followed by rich, grainy, lasting tannins. It manages the ABV well. A lot of stuffing here. Strikes me as a baby CdP which given the $13 price tag represents quite the QPR.
Wine Geek Notes: An Eric Solomon selection, 3,000 cases made, aged in concrete
Very dark almost to rim; some youthful reductive qualities of plastic and animal, dark tart fruit; rich on the palate with some black pepper coming out as it warmed, dark tart berries and garrigue in the middle, and finishing with classic Grenache bitterness; very good, others thought this could pass for CdP; I feel it could use some time or a good decant.
Almost overpowering nose. Thick cassis, bramble, jam. But more balanced on the palate. Nice lingering finish. Enough acidity to keep the fruit from dragging everything down Will be interesting to see if the wine has room to grow.
Deep ruby color. Shy nose of purple plum. Abundant fruit. Soft tannins, with a slightly tart, but pleasant finish. More grenache than syrah character. What's not to like at this price point. Much better than a simple quaffer that will enhance savory food or any social occasion. Yes, it's New World in style, but it's less than $11/in case quantities.
Un très bon vin. D'une saveur ferme, je distingue clairement le séjour en fut de chêne. Des tannins bien perçus laissant jouir pleinement les papilles. Reglisse noire et écorce vieilli se dégagent également.
Big food friendly and decidedly French in character. Floral, jammy, earthy nose with some eucalyptus and olive bite in the mouth. I can see why this wine is unappealing to some tasters - it's price point doesn't indicate it's ideal audience. Below I see it accused in the same breath as being both flabby and overly tart which of course is not possible as a wine can't have both too little and too much acid. Maybe it's the TINIEST bit aldehydic but it's European Syrah (so to be expected) and fully integrated. Buy to hold? A few years wouldn't hurt but really just a very solid wine to drink with a steak on a weeknight w/o much thought.
The wine is a medium garnet color, much lighter at the edge. The clean and refreshing nose has cherries, baking spices, eucalyptus, forest floor, tobacco, blackberries, and wild flowers. This has medium to full body, moderate tannins, and very nice acidity. The palate has spicy fruit, a touch of eucalyptus, and some earthiness. The finish has nice length and closes with a touch of dark chocolate. Not a lot of complexity but a very tasty glass of wine to enjoy over the next few years.
- Garnet color and aromas of strawberry and blackberry and has flavours of strawberry, strawberry jam, raisin, fig and cloves - Big, chewy fruit from the start. Almost like liquid jam with a hint of tannins. Not bad for a midweek bottle.
- Brick color with slow forming legs and aromas of ethanol. It's unbalanced and has flavours of alcohol and sweaty with a medium/full body. Flabby texture with a long finish - Don't know what the rave is about. Extremely tart
Double decanted with the first 2 hours before dinner and the 2nd as we sat to the table. Softer, smoother and rounder than the previous bottle which was popped and poured. Great with food and a great blend of warm climate Syrah and Grenache. Predominant blue fruit and nice harmony and structure. Ageworthy.
OK wine. Lots of alcohol 15%, big wine, lots of fruit, glycerin, acid; I can see why Parker loved it. However this is not a wine for drinking more than a glass; share it with 4 friends and everyone will enjoy a glass; not my cup of tea, I do not see it improving much over time, not a fun wine to drink; I have 2 more bottles so I will see how it drinks next time.
Popped and poured at dinner at home (bruschetta and tapanade, green salad, pasta and artichoke). Dark purple, almost black. Some anise on the nose. Dry, some tannins. Flavors of blackberry and cassis. Medium finish. Good QPR at $14@. Will be interesting to see how this wine ages.
Fruit driven wine, with juicy red fruits, black pepper and a hint of earth. The structure is a bit pronounced and a bit of decanting would serve this well. The pieces are in place, but this is a bit too youthful for current consumption.
Not my cup of tea, but probably a solid wine. Earth, eucalyptus, orange and a little musty on the nose. Tasted of black and blue fruit with some citrus as well as descent tannins and good acidity. Just could not get into it, but I will give the second bottle some time and try again.