A wine remarkable for what it isn't than what it is. It is not a wine for snobs that smell, gargle and spit and wax poetic. You can easily shame them with a blind taste test of this wine with other light reds (Cabernet francs, gamays, etc). It isn't a $5 wine pretending to be $15 wines like so many. It won't offend in any dimension that normally bothers you - acidity, oakiness, tannicity, alcohol - which so many ambitious wines fail.
What it is, is a $5 wine that is best poured into a carafe and enjoyed without any wine talk and paired with vegetarian or cheesy dishes and good friends that have a life. No one will complain, no one will wax poetic about this wine. Life will feel just a little bit better after you are done eating and drinking this wine.
Grade: O+. Syrah, Merlot 50-50, deep purple. Given time to open up, presents a nose of bright red fruit, some licorice and menthol. Light bodied on the palate, bright, young fruit, lively acidity, short finish of sour cherries. Perfectly fine quaffing juice for a hot summer's day, inoffensive and not bad for five bones. I am not sure why anyone would expect more at this price point, I have poured far more expensive bottles down the drain lately.
My Grades: EXX-Exceptional, EX-Excellent, VG-Very Good, G-Good, O-Ordinary, P-Poor, U-Ungraded
This Vin de Pays d’Oc is a deep purple in the glass. On the nose I caught scents of earth, plum, and a médicament similar to Vic’s VapoRub. It was fairly thin-bodied with light tannins and good acidity. Alcohol is at 13.5%. As far as flavors went, I encountered plummy, jammy fruit, cedar, and light hints of clove and other spices. This is a decent, inexpensive table wine that will do just fine for relaxed sipping or for drinking alongside that roasted chicken you picked up at the grocery store so you wouldn’t have to cook anything.
So lifeless and watery on the first night. Just no personality at all. With air it does become drinkable with just a touch of tart fruit and a tiny bit of structure creeping in. Still flabby and hollow though. I was too generous last time.
I was told (albeit by an employee) that this tasted like a $50 bottle and cases were being sold, so I bought several. On day one, I was unimpressed; on day two, well, it's mediocre. I wouldn't call this a good deal at $5 because it tastes like a $2.99 wine. No real finish, no complexity.
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