Deep garnet / ruby with no orange maturity hue. Big Grenache fruit with a touch of sandalwood and anise on the nose. Took a few minutes to settle down - the palate is very lively. Saturating and rustic flavors are lovely on a cool fall day. In your face, the fruit and pepper finish are bold. A big mouthful of wine - classic garrigue flavors. This is old school. (90)
Plenty of young, deep, dark fruit here, but this wine is not entirely clean, even after 2.5 hours in the decanter. In the 25th anniversary edition of his Adventures on the Wine Route, Kermit Lynch adds an epilog that discusses various producers in the original edition and says that he had to drop Farraud because the son's wines were often flawed. Alas, this wine justifies Kermit, even though it is still drinkable.
Cloudy, medium red-garnet color. Meaty, roasted, herbal nose; ideal in my experience for this house. Showed to be in the sweet spot for the grenache this vintage, as the fruit is plump with pomegranate and cranberry, in many mixed herbs,held in a typically fizzy acidity. A terrific match to our Father's day patio dinner: the new paella pan proved a winner on the wood stick bbq, delivering perfect rabbit and capon. This wine stands up to the heirloom tomatoes with aplomb. Cayron is one of the most consistent wines vintage-to-vintage, and a fine long ager. Wish we had more of this 1999. Bottle #4 of four.
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