Pours a black cherry color. Nose of red fruits, green herbs, spice and some heat.
Flavored of red fruits, earth, herbs and chalk. Medium body with med+ acidity. The dirt/earth and herbaceous notes overwhelms the fruit. Finish is medium and leaves a bit of a dirty taste in the mouth. Not my style.
Not likely to be mistaken for Clos Rougeard, this is nonetheless a very reasonable rendition of Loire Valley Cab Franc. Tarry with briery red fruit and a bit of leather, this had some chalky tannins and enough acidity along with a sense of ripeness from the vintage and a certain polish that speaks of some NFO in its elevage. Quite enjoyable with lamb and not in need of further aging.
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